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: Blame game
by ChrisIrwin on Thu 7th Jul 2011 19:38 UTC in reply to "Blame game"
ChrisIrwin
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2008-12-09

"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."


From that alone, in the summary no-less, he doesn't try to avoid blame. He simply points out that PulseAudio was using features that drivers advertised but which didn't actually work properly.

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RE[2]: Blame game
by cmchittom on Thu 7th Jul 2011 19:43 in reply to "RE: Blame game"
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2011-03-18

""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."


From that alone, in the summary no-less, he doesn't try to avoid blame. He simply points out that PulseAudio was using features that drivers advertised but which didn't actually work properly.
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I changed your bolding to better reflect how I read it. He says, essentially, "Yeah, we had some bugs, but it was really the drivers and hardware's fault." Never mind that PA broke existing working configurations. I'll grant that he did accept some blame, but he pushed a big honking lot of it onto everyone else.

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RE[3]: Blame game
by Tuxie on Fri 8th Jul 2011 12:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Blame game"
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2009-04-22

I say that it's completely wrong to blame Lennart. He has done a fantastic job!

Blame the distros for making it the default prematurely, not integrating it properly and worst of all, not making the default config of most programs in the repositories use it properly.

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