PulseAudio integration issues

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 17:48:42 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM, Caroline Ford
<caroline.ford.work at googlemail.com> wrote:
> 2008/8/20 Conn <subpsyke at eircom.net>:
>> Hello,
>> Feature Freeze is scheduled for Intrepid in eight days, and several
>> configuration issues relating to PulseAudio have not yet been addressed. I
>> feel it is very important to encourage some discussion and collaboration
>> towards fixing these issues (or at least a discussion as to why we won't fix
>> them).
>> Bug #198453 [1]: We need to enable the PulseAudio ALSA plugins on
>> configurations where PulseAudio is installed, otherwise ALSA applications
>> will fail to pass audio to the PulseAudio server. In simpler terms, this
>> means that users will experience several audio mixing issues with the
>> current PulseAudio configuration. There are some applications that are not
>> compatible with these ALSA plugins (Audacity, old WINE releases, Flash <v10,
>> the stable RealPlayer/Helix Player release), but they are most certainly a
>> minority, and almost all of them have fixes in progress or pending.
> Flash and audacity? It sounds like anything people are likely to be
> using is broken.
> I think it's actually better to ship without pulse audio than to break
> people's sound like this. My hardy audio only started working properly
> once I'd removed pulse. What does pulse actually give us?

Working PCM-multi-out (aka "software mixing"), because ALSA doesn't do
mixing.  It gets rid of that thing where people complain because they
can't get sound notifications from Pidgin while listening to music in
Rhythmbox.  I think there are other things, but that's the only one I

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