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: Blame game
by jessesmith on Fri 8th Jul 2011 12:45 UTC in reply to "Blame game"
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That's pretty much LP's view on everything. Whenever there is a problem with one of his projects or compatibility issues come up it's always everyone else's fault.

He says it was a driver issue, no, wait, it's a hardware issue. Well if it was a hardware issue then why did audio work fine under other operating systems using the same hardware? If it was a driver issue, then why did ALSA work so well on systems where Pulse refused to function?

The fact was PulsAudio was broken on arrival and it took a long time for it to get sorted out, probably because the developer was in such denial.

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