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Posted Mar 4, 2011 4:42 UTC (Fri) by Frej (subscriber, #4165)
Posted Mar 4, 2011 7:01 UTC (Fri) by i3839 (guest, #31386)
I thought I brought up a real problem, maybe it doesn't concern you, but I'm hopefully not the only one that's worried about the software ecosystem becoming less heterogeneous and flexible, with more and more "mandatory" dependencies, even intrusive low level system ones. It's like graphics software not only depending on a specific toolkit, but also on a whole desktop system installed.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 1:10 UTC (Tue) by lacos (subscriber, #70616)
Posted Mar 9, 2011 13:49 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
PA itself is plainly necessary: most modern sound hardware can't mix, so the first open()er blocks all the rest. This is more than slightly aggravating to users (the difference between a very long block and a crash is not very large from a user perspective).
PA is really not that bad. Yes, it was buggy once upon a time (mostly because it used features that had never been used by anyone else), but these days it largely Just Works.
Posted Mar 11, 2011 3:46 UTC (Fri) by phoenix (guest, #73532)
Just because Linux can't do it, doesn't mean it's not possible, nor that it should be avoided.
Posted Mar 11, 2011 12:40 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
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