Linked by Rahul on Wed 25th Feb 2009 15:30 UTC
Fedora Core Internet News writes about a major mark for Fedora 10 release. Fedora remains the only distribution to publish it's statistics and gathering methods openly and transparently. In any case, they reached 1 million active installations of Fedora Linux 10.
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Heh, Pulse has been both demon and savior, depending on the version I'm running and what hardware I'm running it on. On some hardware configurations I don't need it, but when I start dealing with certain USB audio devices that do not do hardware samplerate conversion or do it badly, or internal cards that have this difficulty (ens 1370/1371 and various 8x0 cards), then Pulse is sometimes the only thing that even allows the audio system to function well. Without it, problems can range from artifacts in the audio to a nasty, ear-splitting hiss/screetch depending on what rates it attempts to mix together.
On the other hand, certain versions of Pulse have actually made it worse. Version 0.99.11, for instance, caused a nightmare with the soundcard I was using, causing the audio to only play for perhaps a quarter second before abruptly cutting off.
Pulse, I think, will eventually become a good solution. I do not think, however, that it was ready for general consumption when Fedora and Ubuntu started pushing it, nor do I believe it is at that level now. It still has quite a few quirks and a good deal of latency under certain tasks.

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