Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Oct 2009 19:09 UTC, submitted by MadMAtt
Linux Lennart Poettering, creator of open source sound server PulseAudio, was recently interviewed at this year's Linux Plumbers Conference. In this Q&A he details the latest PulseAudio developments and addresses some of PA's critics. Thanks to PulseAudio, the Linux audio experience is becoming more context-aware. For example, if a video is running in one application the system should now automatically reduce the volume of everything else and increase it when the video is finished.
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ALSA vs. Pulseaudio
by Comadr3am on Fri 9th Oct 2009 11:13 UTC
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I have not used Linux that long (converting from windoz) but, I have found that they only way to get the sound to play correctly in VirtualBox OSE is to use pulse.

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RE: ALSA vs. Pulseaudio
by boldingd on Fri 9th Oct 2009 17:18 in reply to "ALSA vs. Pulseaudio"
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Pretty much. I'm using RHEL4, and I'm using VBox to run RHEL5 and WinXP. I haven't been able to get Alsa/dmix working, despite several hours spent trying, and I'm to lazy to resolve the dependency-hell to build either Pulse or a newer Alsa than what's available. So I just don't have sound from my Guest OS's.

That's kinda what I'm saying; pulse-haters aren't being realistic about how much worse life is without it.

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