[ubuntu-studio-devel] Ubuntu Studio and Pulseaudio

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Mon Dec 14 14:22:48 UTC 2015

On Mon, 14 Dec 2015, Ralf Mardorf wrote:

> IOW it's just a silly hype that there is the need to be able to listen
> to several audio sources on the computer, at the same time, there are
> just a few valid exceptional circumstances, so it would make more

This is not about listening to more than one thing at a time. It never was 
really. It is about ease of use. It is about idiot proofing. Those of us 
that help people on IRC have watched as people revove/kill pulse are happy 
that jack works with xyz program and then complain that now abc program no 
longer works. Most people doing music on their pc, listen to music and at 
least play games at the same time once in a while. I have seen people use 
skype and sing along to a youtube video. A radio studio can be expected to 
blend the sound of music, anouncer and a phone caller (skype probably... 
not because the radio studio likes it but because the caller knows nothing 
else). We do have desktop sounds turned off in Studio, but the user can 
turn them back on (I think they would have to install the sounds first).

So it is also about minimizing the amount of work we do as support. Ubuntu 
is often the first Linux someone from windows will see. The ideas that 
what are you complaining about, you only use one sound source at a time 
anyway.... is just a way of saying "go away".

We are not talking about an individual Studio machine, But a distro for 
many uses, some of which are not audio, That most people use as desktop 
plus artistic use. There are more beginning users than professional... and 
even the professional users may find their workflow improves if they don't 
have to remember to stop jack so they can use xyz properly. Nobody wants 
to remember to jump through hoops to do their job.

Len Ovens

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