Removal of PulseAudio from Ubuntu

Ryan Oram ryan at
Thu May 6 03:32:47 UTC 2010

I am seriously considering implementing OSS4 as an alternative to
PulseAudio/ALSA in the next major version of infinityOS. I would like
it if users of Ubuntu could have the same benefits in terms of
functionality, but at the very least my users will have (and do have)
a sound system that works out of the box for games.


On Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:28 PM, Ben Gamari <bgamari.foss at> wrote:
> On Wed, 5 May 2010 21:52:25 -0400, Ryan Oram <ryan at> wrote:
>> Emulators are a subset of games. They use the same libraries and
>> frameworks. If they do not work, games will not likely not work.
> If they do not work, it is more likely that the game is broken in its
> usage of the underlying hardware than PulseAudio. PulseAudio does things
> with audio that older (i.e. broken) applications do not expect. If there
> are issues, this is probably the result of applications making invalid
> assumptions about the nature of the underlying device (now
> PulseAudio).
> Audio has worked perfectly on all my hardware with day-to-day
> applications for the last several (>= 2) releases. Certainly, the
> transition to PulseAudio was a little rough (which distributions deserve
> a little blame for), but almost all of the issues have since been fixed,
> even on broken hardware. Without PulseAudio, Ubuntu would be entirely
> unable to compete with Windows or OS X on the basis of its audio
> subsystem.
>> Besides, do I have to configure my sound system to play a game on
>> Windows or Mac OS X? No.
> No, if you have issues, bring it up with the game's/library's
> upstream. If your game needs to be working today, use pasuspender as a
> temporary workaround. But please, this discussion has been had dozens of
> times before in various forms; PulseAudio is here to stay for the
> benefit of us all. If you have issues, stop whining and help fix them.
> - Ben

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