Raising the Bar - PA flames

Eli Wapniarski eli at orbsky.homelinux.org
Wed Jul 1 05:05:41 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 30 June 2009 23:25:44 Rex Dieter wrote:
> FACT:  There are a small (gladly) subset of systems, drivers, apps that, 
> unfortunately, for one reason or another (I'm not assigning blame), that 
> do not interoperate well with pulseaudio.  Note, I am not assigning 
> blame, and neither should you.

Actually... This is the core issue alot of the discussion that follows is indeed OT.

If anyone wants to help to try to do more triage with the bug I reported it can be found at:


(Not a promo - By the way... the game I mention in the bug report is a lovely MMORPG with some of the nicest graphics I've seen anywhere).

The key thought here is that are things like pulseaudio that mostly works but it does not work completely. My particular feeling is that in Fedora's enthusiasm (maybe over enthusiasm) to embrace the new stuff; and (indeed, that's why we're here at Fedora) we forget that it takes sometime for other projects to catch up and this in turn effects interoperablity which in turn has an impact on the user's experience. In the example being discussed wine and pulseaudio is one such example and with an impact on major subsystems such as wine.

Now... it has been noted that the wine project is actively rewriting their sound subsystem which will also be embracing pulseaudio, probably for the better. But in the meantime I've got this funny networking problem with the game where if pulseaudio is running the game simply does not connect to the games servers. pasuspend does not work. Killing pulseaudio is the only way I was able to get the game to connect to its servers. But doing that breaks other things and this impacts once again negatively on the users experience.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that one of the things that can be done to "raise the bar" is to try to be more certain that things work not just mostly works. If a project is alive and advancing then some accommodation should be made to ensure that it works; especially with major subsystems like wine. If the project seems to be dead, then well (maybe) it should be excluded.

Any additional thoughts are surely welcome. I leave the floor open and will keep my keyboard to myself from this point forward regarding this topic.


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