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PulseAudio Lands Much Better Support For FreeBSD - Audio Now Plays Correctly

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  • #41
    Originally posted by bug77 View Post
    Ok, it's pretty clear by now you're either clueless or have a problem putting thoughts into words, but I'll bite once again.

    How is a piece of GPL code proprietary? How is it undocumented when you have the source code available?
    Just like OSS, ALSA provides an interface which you're free to implement however you want. You don't get more than one implementation simply because ALSA is geared towards Linux and, unlike OSS (which, incidentally, actually went proprietary at some point), never needed a complete rewrite.



    It's actually not explained above, you haven't provided a single example.
    GPL can be proprietary in exactly the same way any commercial piece of code can be: it's introduced unilaterally by a single vendor, ignoring existing standards and APIs, its license prevents reuse for other Open Source projects, and basically the only thing you can do is to rewrite it from scratch, like with any other proprietary API - except that you don't have documentation. And no, code is not documentation; it's quite obvious to everyone apart from fanboys and perhaps newbies.

    As for explanations - you might have missed previous four pages of comments about PulseAudio, which mostly serves as a workaround for ALSA deficiencies.
    Last edited by trasz; 20 January 2021, 03:15 PM.

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    • #42
      Why would BSD move to an audio system that the Linux community is trying really hard to leave behind. Pipewire is far better than PulseAudio. It's so much better that Fedora is making it the default sound system in the next release. I'm using it on Arch as a drop in replacement for PulseAudio and it performs great.

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