Pulse audio

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Fri Oct 9 18:41:44 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-10-09 at 14:50 +0200, Vincenzo Ciancia wrote: 
> Do you mean that I have a possibly remote possibility of convincing the
> ubuntu developers to ship pidgin instead of empathy? Do I need to write
> a scientific paper on that, or is it possible that someone actually does
> an unbiased comparison by themselves?

Speaking as a non-developer, I would say yes, at the appropriate time.
Even I know that planned changes are tracked at Launchpad:

I would think that thoughtful input would have had an effect:

Regarding Pidgin, please note that AFAIK it of course won't be
uninstalled when upgrading. It remains a first-class citizen in "main",
and you are welcome to install it in new installations, same as with all
kinds of other applications. E.g., I always install and use a number of
other video players for different purposes, but it's still very possible
to understand the default choice of Totem, even if it misses a number of
features for some of my tastes.

> No, no, I can't agree. I like new software but there must be a measure.
> Pulseaudio in the end could be easily disabled in hardy, but e.g.
> empathy can not make sense, there are no strong reasons to use it,
> except that it is "a gnome thing" but also pidgin is.

I'm not an IM user, but I think you are missing the vast improvements to
all-round communication in Gnome that Empathy promises, though I'm not
qualified to comment about its current state.


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