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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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.

I can speak for the BSD community here: we don't have any hate for Poettering or for any linux developer. It's already very difficult to set any standard in linux, so anyone that finds his way through deserves respect. I also personally appreciate his efforts to throw linux downhill ;-).

BSD is dying and ALSA is better than OSS, yeah sure... bla, bla, bla bla. Keep hearing that for years now, and it doesn't change much: the BSDs seem immune to FUD.

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