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    Phoronix: PulseAudio 0.9.20 Arrives With Fixes

    If you have been running into problems with PulseAudio on your system, an update has been made available this morning that you may want to try. PulseAudio 0.9.20 was released and it carries bug-fixes and translation updates, but not much more...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzY5Mg

  • #2
    I've never seen such a buggy thing like pulseaudio on linux regular distros.
    It's fine people is debugging this stuff, but I think they should not release it till it's stable on 99% of configurations.

    BTW a question for who's more informed than me: what's the purpose of PulseAudio? Why ALSA is not enough? Thanks.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by blackshard View Post
      I've never seen such a buggy thing like pulseaudio on linux regular distros.
      It's fine people is debugging this stuff, but I think they should not release it till it's stable on 99% of configurations.

      BTW a question for who's more informed than me: what's the purpose of PulseAudio? Why ALSA is not enough? Thanks.
      PulseAudio has per-application volume control, some really cool routing stuff (you can seamlessly move a stream from your speakers to a pair of bluetooth headphones, or to another computer, for example), can stream audio over a network, and more...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by srg_13 View Post
        PulseAudio has per-application volume control, some really cool routing stuff (you can seamlessly move a stream from your speakers to a pair of bluetooth headphones, or to another computer, for example), can stream audio over a network, and more...
        Seamlessy, of course, not counting all of the pops, clicks, and skipping that PA always causes on most systems.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by srg_13 View Post
          PulseAudio has per-application volume control, some really cool routing stuff (you can seamlessly move a stream from your speakers to a pair of bluetooth headphones, or to another computer, for example), can stream audio over a network, and more...
          But, you can't do really simple stuff like using S/PDIF to connect your HTPC to digital receiver.
          Actually you can, but try following scenario:
          Open Firefox, watch some video (Youtube), read some news after.
          Open VLC and play AC-3/DTS movie.
          close VLC, go back to FF and try another video ...
          ooops, no sound until FF restarted in best case scenario.
          Some times it's simpler to reboot computer than to find the stacked program.
          Last time i checked, there was no plans to add AC-3/DTS passthrough.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by thefirstm View Post
            Seamlessy, of course, not counting all of the pops, clicks, and skipping that PA always causes on most systems.
            As opposed to ALSA dropping audio every time I change the volume? Or how about the old days of using ALSA directly, where one program would hoard hw:0 and prevent anything else from using audio?

            Pulseaudio ain't perfect, but neither is any other part of the Linux sound stack...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chaos386 View Post
              Pulseaudio ain't perfect, but neither is any other part of the Linux sound stack...
              True, but pulseaudio is the worst. Both alsa and oss4 are much better, I would personally go for oss due the higher quality (at least to my ears) drivers.

              OSS4 should go into the kernel, that should put all this linux audio nonsense to rest.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by niick View Post
                True, but pulseaudio is the worst. Both alsa and oss4 are much better, I would personally go for oss due the higher quality (at least to my ears) drivers.

                OSS4 should go into the kernel, that should put all this linux audio nonsense to rest.
                Err, how about no? Get over it, PulseAudio is the future (and it really is much better than OSS4, plain ALSA or ALSA/ESD).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                  Err, how about no? Get over it, PulseAudio is the future (and it really is much better than OSS4, plain ALSA or ALSA/ESD).
                  Well, to hear some music I had to stop PulseAudio deleting it's executable...

                  I always had many problems on many different machines with PulseAudio. It is not mature at all and should not be used in stable distributions IMHO.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by niick View Post
                    True, but pulseaudio is the worst. Both alsa and oss4 are much better, I would personally go for oss due the higher quality (at least to my ears) drivers.

                    OSS4 should go into the kernel, that should put all this linux audio nonsense to rest.
                    There are many problems with OSS4 (maybe more then with any other thing), so thanks, but no.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blackshard View Post
                      I've never seen such a buggy thing like pulseaudio on linux regular distros.
                      It's fine people is debugging this stuff, but I think they should not release it till it's stable on 99% of configurations.
                      .
                      i'd love to see some real stats on this. it works fine all all my machines. i am sure it works well for the people releasing distros (nobody likes to release code they no is broken).

                      maybe it does work for 99% of machines. if so then for each million linux users they would be 10,000 grumpy ones complaining.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                        Err, how about no? Get over it, PulseAudio is the future (and it really is much better than OSS4, plain ALSA or ALSA/ESD).
                        Whether it is better or not is not the issue. OSS4 is a venerable alternative that would probably be used by many users so it should be in the kernel. Kernel is riddled with features and drivers used by something about 1 user or so. As long as its not in the way for the rest of the kernel and has a maintainer, it should be in the kernel.

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                        • #13
                          As far as I know there are very few, if not nearly none, people having sound corruption with ALSA. But a lot are having sound corruption with PulseAudio, including me.

                          Why can't PulseAudio at least play any sound without dissortions? ALSA can. PulseAudio could sit on top of ALSA and combine its functionality with the stability of ALSA.

                          But why? Why not??

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by misiu_mp View Post
                            Whether it is better or not is not the issue. OSS4 is a venerable alternative that would probably be used by many users so it should be in the kernel.
                            Go at lkml with such argument.

                            Kernel is riddled with features and drivers used by something about 1 user or so. As long as its not in the way for the rest of the kernel and has a maintainer, it should be in the kernel.
                            Proof this.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                              PulseAudio is the future
                              Maybe it's the future ... for sure it's not the present as I didn't even try using it yet :P and I'm not going to unless I'm forced by it being default or if people stop posting about their problems with it and I see some gain in using PA...

                              BTW I'm one of those people happy with ALSA. I see no problems with it...
                              Last edited by val-gaav; 11-11-2009, 01:26 PM.

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