Please, Ubuntu, do not embarrass me again!

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at
Mon Jun 7 14:26:17 UTC 2010

Rashkae wrote:
> Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
>>> 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.
> This is one thing I don't get...
> I love pulseaudio, I think it has solved lots of problems (particularly 
> the ease of network audio configuring now.)  But being able to send 
> multiple apps sound through alsa is something I've been able to do for a 
> very very long time, no special software mixing needed.  (with the 
> exception of usb audio devices, my understanding that they couldn't 
> handle more than one open sound channel or some such)

Huh? Pray tell, how do you do it through alsa directly? I would love to 
be able to use alsa and not have mplayer or whatever 'hang' while 
waiting for alsa to become available or lose sound because it did not 
get alsa access in time.

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