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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RE: Also, why?
by ameasures on Thu 7th Jul 2011 19:56 UTC in reply to "Also, why?"
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In the interview, Lennart says:

"An audio stack that is not capable of timer-based scheduling and dynamic latency control based on that is not useful on consumer devices.

Why? I mean, seriously, why? All I want is my computer to play my audio files, and maybe do a nice beep at me when it pops up an error dialogue.

Well, yes and no. In the short term you've got a point; and in the longer view there is a point where it has to be engineered right to be capable across a range of applications.

Frankly whenever and whoever took the bull by the horns saying, in effect: "now is the moment" to sort out the sound sub-system ... would be unpopular for a while.

He makes the same point himself:
Also, what other option would there have been? It's pretty naive to believe that if we had waited any longer with pushing PulseAudio into the distributions things would have gone any different: you cannot fix bugs you don't know about, and the incentive and manpower is too small to get them fixed without having the pressure that the stuff is shipped.

As with many areas of life: there are good and honourable ways to proceed that just don't get the job done.

The struggle is to find ways to proceed that do get the job done; and are honourable and good.

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