Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Oct 2009 19:09 UTC, submitted by MadMAtt
Linux Lennart Poettering, creator of open source sound server PulseAudio, was recently interviewed at this year's Linux Plumbers Conference. In this Q&A he details the latest PulseAudio developments and addresses some of PA's critics. Thanks to PulseAudio, the Linux audio experience is becoming more context-aware. For example, if a video is running in one application the system should now automatically reduce the volume of everything else and increase it when the video is finished.
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by kahen on Thu 8th Oct 2009 21:50 UTC
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2009-09-07

Running PulseAudio on Ubuntu, it's working just fine here, but I cannot help but wonder what the point of it is.

So support for 2 or more sound cards is nice(TM), but I can't imagine anything other than the vast majority of users never having any use for that.

And as for per-process volume control? Yeah, nice... running pavucontrol right now causes the pulseaudio process to consume 25%+ CPU on this laptop. Now this wouldn't be so bad (actually... wait... yes it is!) but pulseaudio has a built in counter that checks how much CPU it uses and if it goes over a certain limit, it shuts down. And what does that mean? Well of course your sound goes *poof*.

Again, WHAT! IS! THE! POINT?! If you can't use the feature without it disabling all sound then what good is it?! And here is the best part -- it's not a bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=456623 - in other words don't ever expect this crap to be fixed if redhat has any say in it. At least Ubuntu hasn't closed their bug report -- yet. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pulseaudio/+bug/373450

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