Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 17:36 UTC, submitted by vivainio
Linux Linux.FR has an interview with Lennart Poettering of PulseAudio and systemd fame (among others). Regarding PulseAudio: "I can understand why people were upset, but quite frankly we didn't really have another option than to push it into the distributions when we did. While PulseAudio certainly wasn't bug-free when the distributions picked it up the majority of issues were actually not in PulseAudio itself but simply in the audio drivers. PulseAudio's timer-based scheduling requires correct timing information supplied by the audio driver, and back then the drivers weren't really providing that. And that not because the drivers were really broken, but more because the hardware was, and the drivers just lacked the right set of work-arounds, quirks and fixes to compensate for it."
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Broken audio hardware
by Alfman on Thu 7th Jul 2011 18:00 UTC
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2011-01-28

Granted I don't know the details, but if the drivers and hardware work under other operating systems and earlier linux distros, then one has to ask why pulse audio broke things.

I've seen many problems go away when pulse audio was uninstalled. From a user perspective, and even as a dev, my instinct is to say pulseaudio was at fault. Maybe they are feature limited in some way, but it bothers me greatly to use that as an excuse for breaking audio under many linux distros.

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