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4.5. Multimedia

4.5.1. Better Webcam Support

Support for webcams continues to improve in Fedora 13, with many bug fixes and improvements to existing webcam drivers. Drivers for several dual-mode cameras (still cameras that can act as webcams) have been merged into the mainline kernel.

4.5.2. KDE PulseAudio Integration

KDE 4.4 features improved integration with PulseAudio, Fedora's default sound solution. KDE users benefit from the following new features in Fedora 13:
  • Phonon detects PulseAudio and no longer shows non-PulseAudio devices when PulseAudio is running.
  • PulseAudio includes a new module-device-manager which allows Phonon to manage PulseAudio devices.
  • Using the above, Phonon allows setting device priorities for the devices reachable through PulseAudio.
  • KMix now shows PulseAudio volumes, including per-application volumes, and allows moving applications between devices.
  • The traditional ALSA backend for KMix is still available, use export KMIX_PULSEAUDIO_DISABLE=1 to force its use even if PulseAudio is detected.

4.5.3. SIP Witch Domain Telephony

Fedora 13 includes SIP Witch Domain Telephony, allowing users to create and deploy scalable secure VoIP solutions, both for managing a local SIP based telephone system, and for calling remote users over the Internet without the need for a service provider or central directory service. With SIP Witch and an SIP-compatible softphone such as Twinkle or Empathy, users can replace propriety VoIP solutions with secure, direct peer-to-peer communications using entirely free software.