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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I am all for Linux distributions evolving, but pulseaudio was an example of attempting to fix a something that 99% percent of people do not use while crapping on something that 99% percent of people do.

Having said that, pulseaudio now works well (Alsa and dmix provided this for years without pulseaudio).

Pulseaudio didn't broke a damn thing, most of the problems were in ALSA. Pulseaudio exposed these issues and now that the drivers are fixed, everything works as it should. Get over it.

Edited 2011-07-09 00:28 UTC

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