Pulse Audio -- Wine should have instructions on this web site
scott at open-vote.org
Thu Apr 3 03:58:04 CDT 2008
Chris Robinson wrote:
> On Wednesday 02 April 2008 03:26:40 pm Michael Stefaniuc wrote:
>> Alexandre Julliard wrote:
>>> What I really want is for all the people who are clamoring for yet
>>> another driver to pitch in and start fixing the alsa driver instead.
>> Right but you _cannot_ force people to do that. If they just go ahead
>> and setup a separate Wine repo they can work on pulseaudio all the day
>> and nobody can stop them. That's the OSS reality and git makes that very
>> easy to do.
> But that still doesn't make it The Right Thing to do. Who's to say PulseAudio
> will really stick around and continue to be useful? Phonon has a good chance
> of that, too (as it's backed by Trolltech/Qt, and is useable on several OSs).
> And I'm sure people said some of the same thing about aRts. But we know how
> that ended up.
> And it's not even like PA's main feature (software mixing) isn't available
> through ALSA (dmix). Sure it has some other features, but they're hardly
> something that Wine needs to make such a shift for (most apps have their own
> volume control, and people that need device hot-plugging can still get it
> through the ALSA-PulseAudio plugin; or even the OSS-PulseAudio plugin).
PulseAudio will take off exactly because Ubuntu is using it.
> I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like we're getting jerked around with audio
> APIs in Linux (use OSS! no, use ESD! no, use ALSA! no, use PulseAudio!). IMO,
> we have to set down and just pick something.
Right, and very understandably it looks like we've picked ALSA, while
the distributions seemed to have picked PulseAudio.
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