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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Much ado about nothing
by tux68 on Thu 7th Jul 2011 22:00 UTC
tux68
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2006-10-24

Lets remember that Lennart did not have the power to force other distributions to adopt Pulseaudio. He was likely responsible for getting it pushed into Fedora; but Fedora is explicitly meant for such bleeding edge development. That other distributions picked it up around the same time suggests they too were convinced that the short term pain was worth the longer term gain.

Saying that you gave up "Linux" due to Pulseaudio shows more that you were using the wrong distribution for your needs than anything else.

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RE: Much ado about nothing
by lucas_maximus on Fri 8th Jul 2011 14:49 in reply to "Much ado about nothing"
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http://tmrepository.com/trademarks/usedistrox/

Edited 2011-07-08 14:50 UTC

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RE[2]: Much ado about nothing
by tux68 on Fri 8th Jul 2011 17:26 in reply to "RE: Much ado about nothing"
tux68 Member since:
2006-10-24

Quippy links aside, there are in fact distributions targeted at people who want conservative update policies, long term support, and to avoid bleeding edge software. There is no magic pixie dust or perfect distro. You have to understand the relevant trade offs, and make your choice. Abandoning Linux and going with another OS isn't perfect either, just another set of trade offs.

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