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Re: [opensuse-gnome] pulse audio applet
  • From: Christian Jäger <christian.jaeger@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 00:42:32 +0200
  • Message-id: <1210372953.10683.15.camel@xxxxxxxxxx>
I think the problem is that this innovation costs all (users who feel
performance to be lower or are simply irritated by a new applet) and
benefits few (who really use the possibilities PulseAudio provides).

The first part of the problem is similar to Compiz and its 'bling'; it
cost a lot of performance and made a lot of problems in the beginning.

But what alleviated the 'marketing-problem' with Compiz was that also
almost everybody CRAVED for that bling (wobbly windows, spinning
cube...) once he/she had seen it. For PulseAudio, we don't have
something like this... The functionality it provides for audio might be
similar to what Compiz did for video, but almost no-one will want to use
it in practice. That _is_ a problem when once tries to gather acceptance
among openSUSE's userbase.

Just my to Cents; sorry that it's nothing constructive. :/


Am Freitag, den 09.05.2008, 22:11 +0200 schrieb Bjørn Lie:
On Fri, 2008-05-09 at 14:02 -0500, Hans Petter Jansson wrote:
On Fri, 2008-05-09 at 09:21 +0200, Bjørn Lie wrote:

There is some of us that think the whole pulseaudio is a huge backstep,
and prefer just to remove it.
Leaving pulseaudio as default is fine as long as removing/disabling it
is not a problem. Pretty please do not put us in the mess ubuntu is
finding themselves in right now.

I'm curious as to what the complaints about Pulseaudio are. Are people
finding underlying problems in its architecture, is it buggy, or is it
just poorly integrated in Ubuntu?

I if play a mp3 and change active window, say from firefox to evo, the
audio will skip... Heck even the logon-sound from gnome skips when
logging on.
Using plain alsa I can abuse my system from here till next easter and
the music will not skip one beat. I don't even have to remove pulse,
just set everything to alsa in gnome-control-panel to alsa, instant

Why does the pulseaudio peeps think it's a good thing to take what now
is done in hardware, (I'm talking about proper soundcards here, not some
25 cents worth onboard-soundchip), meaning mixing, and putting it in
software? If I didn't care about audio, I wouldn't have dedicated
hardware for it.

As for the ubuntu remark, yes there they made a bobo, lots of people
without sound at all, no sound for flash content, no pa volume meter++
installed by default, skype does not work (audio) sdl-games= no audio +
the same damn SKIPPING audio problems for a lot of people + more I'm

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