On Tuesday 30 June 2009 23:25:44 Rex Dieter wrote:
FACT: There are a small (gladly) subset of systems, drivers, apps
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
(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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