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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sorpigal
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2005-11-02

Pulse audio, also known as "Let's re-invent ESD again, because it worked so well the last five times," is truly horrifying. Rather than solve the Linux audio problems correctly someone decided it would be a good idea to write a user space management program with all of the problems of the old management programs, only it's better now honest.

Some of the /theory/ in pulseaudio sounds great and should be in the kernel. The implementation suffers from acute "Doesn't Work" syndrome and has the lovely effect of making something simple really complex. It's nice that someone cares about audio, but it would be nicer if they wouldn't introduce yet-another universal audio API. If there's something wrong with alsa, fix alsa.

If there's nothing wrong with alsa, why are we using pulseaudio?

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Mandriva and many others use PulseAudio by default and do it for good reasons. ESD and PulseAudio are both sound servers. Beyond that they are not really comparable. One is dead and broken. Other is actively maintained and has a lot more features. ALSA is too low level to do a number of features that PulseAudio does and that competing systems like Vista and OS X have done for a long time as well. Handling of bluetooth headphones or per application volume control for example.

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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

A. ALSA depends on hardware mixing and not all sound cards are capable of reliably mixing different sources.
B. ALSA cannot (and should not) be able to control the volume level of each source stream. (Try listening to a Internet radio while playing a -loud- computer game)
C. Pulse is network transparent.
etc.

I don't use pulse on most of my Fedora machines (I tend to disable it) - but I have no doubt that I -will- use it once it matures.

- Gilboa

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Quake Member since:
2005-10-14

but I have no doubt that I -will- use it once it matures.

- Gilboa

But that's the thing... WHEN it matures. As of now, it shouldn't even be used as the default sound engine because it crashes and slows down the comp. why release an LTS version of Ubuntu with an important product still is still in Beta or Alpha?

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