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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boldingd
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2009-02-19

Seriously, this kind of brain washing and mental illness over PulseAudio will set using Linux back on the desktop years. We're back to around 2000/2001.


OK, that's just assanine. I, for one, have no significant problems with Pulse. It's been more stable than the sound server in Vista (where unplugging my USB headset got me a blue-screen), and I'm not getting any noticeable latencies (and I am playing games on my Ubuntu box, actually). The worst I've gotten from Pulse, in the, what, 18 months I've had Ubuntu 8.4 installed on my Acer lap-top, is wonky channel names -- which is not exactly the end of the world.

And we're damned well not in 2000/2001. My first Linux (IIRC) was Slackware 8 in 2003, and I don't recall ever getting any kind of multi-channel sound mixing to work (with just Alsa), after spending about a week trying. Pulse has worked without any configuration effort on my part on all the installations I've tried it on, and I've never seen noticeable latencies from it (certainly not what I'm getting from ESD on RHEL4 at work!). You can complain about legitimate problems with Pulse all day long, but that Linux audio has come a long way from six years ago, and to claim otherwise is laughable.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And we're damned well not in 2000/2001. My first Linux (IIRC) was Slackware 8 in 2003, and I don't recall ever getting any kind of multi-channel sound mixing to work (with just Alsa), after spending about a week trying.


What's sad is that every other Unix-like OS back in 2000-2003 had working, multi-channel sound, using OSS. It was only Linux that didn't.

You can complain about legitimate problems with Pulse all day long, but that Linux audio has come a long way from six years ago, and to claim otherwise is laughable.


Just think how much further we would be without the long detour that is ALSA, which has been extended by Pulse.

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