Jack inclusion in Main

Scott Lavender slavender at consolidated.net
Wed Aug 26 00:04:55 BST 2009

On Mon, 2009-08-24 at 01:06 -0700, Eric Hedekar wrote:
> In Bug #416778 ( https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/416778 ) Loïc Minier
> has requested further public discussion on the subject of Jack Audio
> Server http://jackaudio.org/ being included in the Main repositories.
> I was told this list would be the best place for that discussion.  I
> am also CCing the ubuntu-studio-devel at lists.ubuntu.com because the
> Ubuntu Studio team has been the driving force behind this inclusion
> request and are extremely knowledgeable in regards to JACK.
> Here are a couple of my thoughts on the matter as to why Jack should
> be included in Main.
> - Many bugs have been filed against various audio servers currently in
> Main (xine, alsa, portaudio, pulseaudio) requesting that the JACK
> bridge/plugin/output/etc... be turned on or compiled into the package
> - this is not possible without the inclusion of Jack in Main.  Bugs
> #152487, #84900, #109659, and #360590 (this may not be a complete
> list, and duplicates of most of these have been filed). 
> - The libffado drivers for firewire soundcards
> ( http://www.ffado.org ) are only supported by the Jack driver.  This
> makes these common, pro, semi-pro, and hobbyist audio cards
> inaccessible for most applications without the previous audio server
> bridges/plugins/outputs to jack available.  Owners of these cards must
> recompile major audio drivers in order to get basic Ubuntu sound.
> - Jack is an audio server designed specifically for professional
> reliable audio signals.  This is not a duplicate server clogging up
> the "audio mess", which some people believe exists in Linux, it is a
> specialty tool for musicians, audio engineers, and anyone using Linux
> for professional audio. (In-fact if anything, allowing the
> aforementioned bugs to get fixed would clean up a large chunk of the
> "audio mess" which some believe exists.  It would at least stop a
> large segment of people from griping so loudly about and attempting to
> remove PulseAudio.)
> Please voice your opinion on the matter.
> -Eric Hedekar

Adding JACK into the main would be a great benefit as others have
already mentioned.

This has my full support.

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