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[2]: Blame game
by _txf_ on Fri 8th Jul 2011 14:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Blame game"
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If it was a driver issue, then why did ALSA work so well on systems where Pulse refused to function?

Sigh. It has been explained many times. That is because pulse uses the soundcard in a different manner than plain alsa. Also note that there was hardware that failed to work in vista due to the new sound model (similar model to pulse and coreaudio).

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