You seem to know a lot of stuff about me. I am not particular fond of people who turn their dislike of software I wrote into personal accusations and judging in a public forum.
Also, what brings you to the conlusion that "Lennart has spent a LOT of time moaning at ALSA developers"? Sure, I have my issues with some parts in ALSA, and from time to time I let people know about them. But hey, nothing is perfect. Not ALSA. Not PA. In fact, I regularly defend ALSA -- far more often then criticising it. And I think I am pretty vocal about my support of ALSA. Just check the other comments I wrote to this article. ALSA is good stuff -- with some issues. More or less exactly like PA. Nothing is perfect -- and certainly software isn't either.
You are believing that ALSA and PA is in competition in some way. It is not. The ALSA devs and I work together. They already fixed quite a few of the issues I had with ALSA. That's collaboration. This is great, and I am happy. In fact at the conference this article was about Takashi and I met once again and we had very fruitful discussions.
You seam to be more of an ALSA fanatic that the ALSA guys themselves. Don't forget that Takashi even packages PA for OpenSUSE!
There is just no competition between ALSA and PA, since PA builds on ALSA. Everyone who thinks there was a competition is wrong, and doesn't get the big picture. Please get your facts right.