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[4]: Broken audio hardware
by tupp on Fri 8th Jul 2011 18:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Broken audio hardware"
tupp
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2006-11-12

For OSX obviously it's a different matter since they control the exact hardware and thus only have to make it work flawlessly against their particular specification.

A brief web search shows that OSX with the limited Apple hardware has more than its share of audio problems:

http://forums.cnet.com/mac-forums/mac-os-x-forum/1770-5_102-0-2.htm...

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20075185-263/workaround-for-au...

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/Mac_OS_X_10.4.10_Audio_Probl...

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2178


When will we dispense with the delusional "Macs just work because all of the hardware is theirs" mentality. Apple products never "just worked."

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