Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Linux Sound System Mess

ALSA, OSS, Xine, Phonon, Gstreamer, PulseAudio...

All these jargons of Linux sound architecture are really confusing. Not long ago, I was running KDE applications using aRts layered on ALSA.

These days, we have PulseAudio, Phonon & Gstreamer for most of the distributions. All the three systems are horribly broken IMHO. I had to kill Pulse Audio on Ubuntu to make applications use ALSA API directly. I am using Mandriva these days and thank God it has a switch to disable PulseAudio.

Here is a pictorial proof of the mess 


This picture is taken from this presentation ( Impress file format). I hope things improve in future :-(

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