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  • PulseAudio 2.0 Is Set To Be Released Very Soon

    Phoronix: PulseAudio 2.0 Is Set To Be Released Very Soon

    While many Linux desktop enthusiasts still have nightmares concerning the early days of PulseAudio, the developers behind this common open-source audio server are planning to do a major 2.0 release before month's end...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA3MTU

  • #2
    They've taken a leaf from the chrome method of numbering

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    • #3
      Fantastic! I haven't checked on PA for awhile so it was great to see their 2.0 roadmap.
      Apparently PA now detects JACK properly.
      One of the more interesting blockers left is "need more Orc". Don't we all Srsly, that is a library I would like to see being used more pervasively.

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      • #4
        Thank god for choice!!

        At least there are distro's out there like Gentoo where you can remove this parasite piece of software from the compile time options. Either that or LFS or any other source based distro.

        I know this piece of software helps a lot of people but anyone with a decent sound card with hardware mixing knows of all the problems pulseaudio produces.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MNKyDeth View Post
          At least there are distro's out there like Gentoo where you can remove this parasite piece of software from the compile time options. Either that or LFS or any other source based distro.

          I know this piece of software helps a lot of people but anyone with a decent sound card with hardware mixing knows of all the problems pulseaudio produces.
          Most of the headaches I have with audio (especially HDMI audio) on Gentoo comes from apps not supporting Pulseaudio ie wine

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
            Most of the headaches I have with audio (especially HDMI audio) on Gentoo comes from apps not supporting Pulseaudio ie wine
            +1 ... I don't usually use alsa directly, only through PulseAudio or, if I have some special needs, then JACK it is, but never alsa.

            Regards.

            P.S → Most of the distros allows to get rid of PA? just take out the package and remove the alsa redirect (usually done automatically) and you're done . at least, that was my experience ... in any case we need an abstraction layer to allow portability, PA or JACK that is or something that supports both ... if you don't have any special needs, PA is pretty decent IMHO
            Last edited by vertexSymphony; 03-15-2012, 11:16 PM.

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            • #7
              I use alsa directly on all of my computers and always have. I like how light-weight it is, the 1 and only thing I desperately hate about alsa is there is no easy way to configure it. I can copy an .asoundrc config file verbatim for my audio chip and I still can't get something like surround sound working.

              On the average laptop or computer using stereo speakers + a mic, alsa is more than sufficient. But when it comes to surround sound or re-routing channels and all that mixing crap, it becomes an inconsistent disaster.

              That's where I like PulseAudio. So far, other than movies (which I don't watch often to begin with), I almost never need surround sound on my dekstop linux setup, but if I did I would use PA. PA has some insanely cool features that I never knew you could do with sound cards, but it has its problems. My major gripes with PA is:

              1. It's too CPU and RAM consuming, and not enough devices are supported.
              2. There are several tools that go with it and its sometimes confusing to know which one does what
              3. Some of the tools don't include features I really care about that you can only do in the config files.
              4. Sometimes the sound just stops working and the only way to get it to work again is to delete all config files and reinstall them.


              If PA can fix these, I'll switch away from alsa.

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              • #8
                I just want the OS like Kubuntu or Gnome to allow better, easier, manipulation of virtual streams in PulseAudio. Example make it easy to record an application’s sound rather then that master channel in a recorder. This means the likes of KDE need to officially adopt PulseAudio.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                  I just want the OS like Kubuntu or Gnome to allow better, easier, manipulation of virtual streams in PulseAudio. Example make it easy to record an application’s sound rather then that master channel in a recorder. This means the likes of KDE need to officially adopt PulseAudio.
                  KDE already has adopted PulseAudio, the integration is pretty good. I'm not sure about your particular use case, however.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
                    Most of the headaches I have with audio (especially HDMI audio) on Gentoo comes from apps not supporting Pulseaudio ie wine
                    Wine works fine for me starting with 1.3.31 (1.3.30 introduced "DirectSound reimplemented on top of MMDevAPI." and 1.3.31 some seem-to-be-important fixes). Maybe you should try some recent Wine release?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gigaplex View Post
                      KDE already has adopted PulseAudio, the integration is pretty good. I'm not sure about your particular use case, however.
                      Yeah but it's a nightmare when you want to record an application's sound and not to whole mixer channel. I guess this comes down to software. Much of the software has come from the era of those that hated concepts like PulseAudio.

                      i personally think KDE team really need to jazz up the sound base abilities and include a sound recorder to record particular virtual channels. This would shut up any short falls.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MNKyDeth View Post
                        At least there are distro's out there like Gentoo where you can remove this parasite piece of software from the compile time options. Either that or LFS or any other source based distro.
                        Are you fairdinkum. Pulse Audio has been the best thing that's happened for Linux. Linux movement just needs to get down pat the GFX core and it's all rockets to the moon.

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                        • #13
                          I'm particularly looking forward to alternate sample rates. Up till now, I have compromised by using 88.2KHz. It's close enough to 96KHz but also exactly double 44.1KHz so resampling CD audio doesn't require as much CPU power as 96KHz would. It did produce crackles in non-CD audio in earlier versions but that seems to be fixed now. Still, this new feature seems like a better approach so I'd like to give it a try.

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                          • #14
                            The best news is that PulseAudio now has a fixed release cycle. Until now PA has a very unpredictable release cycle and a buggy release could have been the latest release for about a year.
                            If it means that PA will finally properly work on my system, I'm fully in favor of it.

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                            • #15
                              I think there are no traces of PulseAudio in my Slackware distro so all programs are using Alsa directly. What critical features I am missing?

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