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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I am not a PulseAudio fan either...
by leavengood on Fri 9th Oct 2009 03:09 UTC
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2006-12-13

PulseAudio has caused me nothing but headaches on my ThinkPad laptop. With that said, I'm not going to blame PulseAudio for all the problems, but that doesn't mean it should not be blamed at all.

One fun issue was that PulseAudio had problems when the laptop was brought back from sleep that could cause another program in GNOME to go on a memory eating rampage.

It also is a CPU hog, and not having audio in Flash is just crap, even if the problem lies with Adobe (of course Flash is the spawn of the devil, but that is for another rant.)

So once I learned how I disabled PulseAudio and I'm fairly happy now, except of course only one program at a time can use my sound card. Pretty shitty, but I've adjusted.

In general the Linux sound situation is a horrible mess. I hope we can have a better situation in Haiku.

I think that is the case since PulseAudio is basically just replicating the BeOS Media Kit that worked 1000 times better in 1997. Haiku's Media Kit still needs work of course, but in general I think the future is brighter there.

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