Please, Ubuntu, do not embarrass me again!

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at
Mon Jun 7 14:03:11 UTC 2010

> I can't begin to understand why anyone would want to use pulseaudio on
> OSX given how many problems it creates on Linux and how smooth the
> audio experience is on a Mac (or even on Windows). I don't know what
> is really meant by "match the sound system of Solaris and Mac OS X"
> but it sounds like torture to me.

pulseaudio gives us somewhat equivalent capabilities that the sound 
systems of Solaris and Mac OS X provide. Like multiple apps sending 
their output to the sound system simultaneously. Direct alsa access does 
not allow that.

> I wish that Linux developers would really put some effort to make
> audio work out-of-the-box, to prevent all the "I have no audio" posts
> on user lists. One of the reasons that I am avoiding helping family
> and friends upgrade to the latest Ubuntu/Fedora versions is that I
> don't want to waste time, possibly, on fixing the audio. :(

The problem is that there are few if any who are employed to focus on 
the desktop and those who volunteer to make the desktop experience 
better have to contend with big egos and politics like Con Kolivas who 
had his scheduler first villified by Ingo Molnar only for something 
similar from Ingo to be later implemented and made part of the kernel.

Ingo 'inspired' it says. Ingo did not even credit Con when he first 
unveiled his fancy new CFS to replace his then incumbent scheduler.

> The lead developer of pulseaudio's patest project is to write an
> replacement for the sysinit system (an upstart replacement). He was
> also the lead developer for avahi.
> There were two "fun" comments to his systemd announcement:
> 1. You broke networking, then sound, and now want to break boot.
> 2. Fix pulseaudio before you create a new sysinit.
> Mean but :)

Mentality of doing something new but never perfecting or not bothering 
to pay attention to detail huh? Not enough motivation in certain areas 
it would seem.

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