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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We reported earlier on a blog post entitled "Ubuntu Report Card (2009)" where the author detailed how they felt the Ubuntu experience had improved over the years. In a follow-up series of articles looking at the future, Tanner Helland has written 10 different broadly-scoped feature requests that [he] 'and many others would like to see by the time Ubuntu 10.10 rolls around'.
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RE[2]: My list
by Tuxie on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 07:31 UTC in reply to "RE: My list"
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2009-04-22

PulseAudio works perfectly well with multichannel systems but it sucks on autodetecting it. It always setup stereo 2.0-sinks by default, even if the card is capable of 7.1.

To get 3.1 he has to manually set default-sample-channels = 4 in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf or manually create a sink and restart PA.

As ALSA doesn't properly report his LFE channel as LFE (this is an ALSA bug, not a PA bug. It must be fixed in ALSA.), he HAS to manually create a sink in /etc/pulse/default.pa and enumerate the channels like this:

load-module module-alsa-sink channels=4 sink_name=Foobar channel_map=front-left,front-right,center,lfe

Yes, this sucks badly. But the proper solution is to fix PulseAudio so it becomes better at automatically detecting hardware and configuring itself.

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