State of Jack as a full pulsaudio replacement

stephen ankrum themartyrstephen at
Sat May 5 13:46:51 UTC 2012


On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 6:39 AM, Kaj Ailomaa <ailomaa at> wrote:

> On 05/04/2012 10:30 PM, Luke Kuhn wrote:
>> All these bugs and "no sound output" complaints with Pulseaudio bring
>> back the idea of finding a way to make Jack replace Pulseaudio altogether.
> The "no sound output" most probably happens with special cards, like multi
> channel cards that do not have a standard interface (stereo, 5.1 and so on)
> for pulseaudio to read. At least one chip has been made functional -
> ice1712 (m-audio M-66, 1010 etc).
> As for other bugs, I don't feel there are that many anymore. Nothing like
> there used to be. Even pulseaudio + jack works pretty well. Causing xruns
> at low latencies, but then I would not use pulseaudio with jack at low
> latencies. And, if you can't get sound directly from pulseaudio, using jack
> + pulseaudio in effect becomes a replacement for pulseaudio. The benefit
> here is of course that you can connect pulseaudio apps to your jack apps.
> I wasn't very happy with pulseaudio in the past because of mainly two
> reasons - I got no sound out with my ice1712 cards, and the servers was
> crashing quite often. For a long time now, I've found pulse to work quite
> well.
> Pulseaudio + jack is a little frail for me still. Sometimes pulseaudio
> will start to stutter.
> I think the main problem is not pulseaudio itself anymore. It would be
> nice to have a simple way to turn it off. I think it's more about desktop
> control than the server itself that is the issue these days.
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