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: Timer ?
by mutantsushi on Thu 7th Jul 2011 21:25 UTC in reply to "Timer ?"
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I can't say I'm actually familiar with the innards of any sound driver, much less PulseAudio specifically,
but I would guess that being able to sync to external MIDI clock may have been a design decider in this aspect.
It also seems like the generically more stable approach... i.e. across CPU architectures including distributed computing, etc.
So the guy thought it was a bad idea to have timing inside the kernel. DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY DISAGREE WITH THAT?

Perhaps PA didn't match 'generalist' needs at the time, but realistically, 'desktop Linux' with multimedia support wasn't really all that big a market at the time. If it was a big market, the crappy drivers woulnd't have persisted for as long as they have. So surprise, surprise, Linux audio stack developers are interested and focused on functionality useful for audio geeks, e.g. musicians. Is this really out of line for the general trend of Linux development?

Edited 2011-07-07 21:27 UTC

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