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]: Blame game
by _txf_ on Sat 9th Jul 2011 16:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Blame game"
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The logical thing to do when faced with that is to fix ALSA or accept that using ALSA was wrong. Retro-fitting another userspace layer over the top and trying to justify it is the wrong choice.

I take it Pulse still isn't a system service?


why don't you get on that and then we can choose...

The point being that he was the only one that did anything about it. As nobody else stepped up to the table and provided alternatives then that is what we are stuck with whether it is good or bad.

He obviously believes that is the way to go and he got a lot of criticism for it, but that is all he got. Nobody else offered to help or attempted an alternative.

I would point out that plenty of other sound stacks run in userspace...

Edited 2011-07-09 17:00 UTC

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