Pulseaudio dependency, if Debian can do it ...

David Henningsson david.henningsson at canonical.com
Mon Jun 27 10:44:22 UTC 2011

On 2011-06-26 10:04, rosea grammostola wrote:
> "In Fedora pulseaudio is pulled in as a dependency of gnome-shell.

...and in Ubuntu it's a dependency on ubuntu-desktop, so no difference 

> By default pulseaudio hands over control to jack via D-bus.

AFAIK this works equally well in both distros.

> Alternatively
> you can sill disable pulseaudio by removing alsa-plugins-pulseaudio" ...

But, gnome-volume-control (or gnome-control-center's sound applet) still 
depends on pulseaudio, so that is still no difference between the two 

We don't ship alsa-plugins-pulseaudio as a separate package though, it's 
included in alsa-plugins (just like Debian does it).

Along the lines of what Daniel Chen said, the only extra pulse 
integration Ubuntu has is the sound menu/indicator. Making pulseaudio 
easier to remove is not a priority, but if any volunteer wants to work 
with that functionality (and it doesn't end up breaking something else), 
I don't see why we wouldn't take such a patch.

For me the priority would be rather to fix the issues people have with 
PulseAudio, rather than making it easier to remove. Audio drivers as 
well as PulseAudio have improved over the last three years it's been a 
part of Ubuntu, maybe it's worth another try?

David Henningsson

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