[Wine] Why not pulseaudio?

gepomuk wineforum-user at winehq.org
Thu Jun 24 15:02:11 CDT 2010

Pulseaudio works great in wine using the modified wine from the Neill Aldur ppa. Tried everything else (padsp, pasuspender, blah) and nothing would work reliably. Some crashes when another application outputs sound, sometimes the sound does not work at all, sometimes it is awfully slow or with latency varying while recording, leading to unpredictable offsets in recorded files.

Using pulseaudio driver I can without problems play and record projects with cockos reaper, the latency is good enough for my home desktop (which is 6 years old!), and I can access and use every audiodevice I like within the reaper program. Even using one device for input and another for output works great! Without time offset between devices! This proves that wine with pulseaudio works really great (similar to asio4all on windows), and is only one patch away!

So, for my home recording I will of course use pulse (jack didn'n work at all on 3 machines with 4 different distribitions including ubuntustudio during several years, meanwhile the most recent version works on one kubuntu machine after days of configuring but recognizes only 2 of 6 outputs, so won't anyone tell me to use this crap!)

Pulse is also the only way to get sound from all outputs of my soundblaster audigy as well as the possibility to switch between 5.1 and stereo upmix. In Alsa I can _either_ have upmix _or_ play sound with more than one application at a time, and even working through the configuration mess .asoundrc took me weeks until recognizing this fact. This is quite archaic, even windows 95 soundsystem had no problems like that.

Frankly, pulseaudio is the only soundsystem in linux which seems user-friendly and reliable to me, while at the same time eating not too much processing power. Furthermore, it is the only one which for me "just works", without making me fiddle around with configuration files for weeks. 
So: why is there this childish boycott of wine developers against pulse? I would rather stop using wine and reinstall windows than abandon pulseaudio. Even after working on my several linux machines for years now. Does developing wine necessarily include ignoring all technical progress? Pulseaudio won't just disappear just because wine doesn't support it, it rather seems to become the standard for desktop users. Wake up guys!

Very annoying also is the inability of winecfg to save audio configurations "per application", because there is no midi support in the pulse driver. So I have to maintain two .wine dirs, one for pulseaudio applications and one for midi stuff. Why that? :cry:

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