First of all install all gstreamers from synaptic (My experiance)
A bit of fiddling I did, and I now notice I can add an applet to the panel regardless of whether pulseaudio is there or not.
I'm still missing the gnome-volume-control though, which is part of the
What I did was recompile the gnome-applets package from the repos, and add in the applet.
I really don't recommend anyone try this, you'd be better off to just stick with pulse, but if you really want that applet back after removing pulseaudio, this is one such way.
If anyone's interested here's what I did:
That'll pull in all the dependencies to build everything.
sudo apt-get install devscripts build-essential fakeroot
sudo apt-get build-dep gnome-applets
Then you're going to have to specify the configure options to enable the mixer applet. To do that
mkdir build && cd build
apt-get source gnome-applets
Look for the line that starts with DEB_CONFIGURE_EXTRA_FLAGS +=
and add in --enable-mixer-applet on the same line, save and close.
Then run this to build the packages.
once that's finished:
dpkg-buildpackage -b -j4 -D
To see the end result; there should now be 3 .debs in that directory, namely:
Lastly install them with:
Restart gdm (log off and log on again, reboot or run sudo service gdm restart), and right click on the panel and you should now be able to add a volume control applet regarless of whether pulseaudio is installed or not.
Apt is now going to want to update those 3 packages to their original version, so to hold and tell it to leave them as is do:
Now you should be able to carry on as normal.
echo 'gnome-applets hold' | dpkg --set-selections
echo 'gnome-applets-data hold' | dpkg --set-selections
echo 'gnome-applets-dbg hold' | dpkg --set-selections
The tutorial is written by Zoot7
Also you may experiance some problems with autostart of gnome-applets which is easily fixed with reinstallation of gnome-applets-data and gnome-panel-data
Hope this helps
P.S volume controller buttons wouldn't work anyway