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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OK, this is a presentation by someone who manages many Linux-desktops and is used to how things used to be in the Unix/Linux world.

Good or bad, things have changed in the last few years in most Linux distributions.

The presenter is trying to explain what is has become more complicated or isn't even possible anymore with the new setup.

'luckily' Lennart Poettering was in the audience to 'help' explain why :

The presentation is funny and sad at the same time. It shows you what he is like and what he thinks.

Lennart Poettering has vision of what thinks need to be improved for Linux on the desktop (possible server too). But he seems to always want to do big changes and not every idea always actually reaches it's full potential.

His intensions are obviously good, but maybe he doesn't work well with others as he doesn't let others choose what they want. Like with systemd, where he has basically said: "the Linux API is the new Posix"

I've got a feeling Lennart Poettering will never be loved in the Linux community because of it.

Especially not by the BSD-community ;-)

He is hated by those who only play mp3's on 10 years old hardware/speakers, and by the BSD community with their archaic system.

Those who use Linux on modern systems and do more things actually appreciate Poettering's work.

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