[gst-devel] Linux audio is a mess? [was: JACK and GStreamer, from the horse's mouth]

Lennart Poettering mztfg at 0pointer.de
Fri Dec 1 17:59:00 CET 2006

On Thu, 30.11.06 18:53, Zeeshan Ali (zeenix at gstreamer.net) wrote:

> Hi again!
> >>   Aren't most of these tasks too high-level for a low-level thing
> >> like ALSA? MAS tried to address all these issues and they ended-up
> >> re-inventing the wheel (gstreamer) and now nobody seem to even
> >> remember if that project ever existed.
> >
> >Sure they are too high-level. That's why I am working on PulseAudio
> >which implements all this. And that's why I am arguing that ALSA is
> >not "the solution" like Ronald suggested.
>   You missed my point: All we need is a way to allow all the
> applications to access the same audio device at the same time, whether
> it's alsa's dmix or a sound server that does the task. Application
> wanting to do cool stuff like writing to more than one device at the
> same time, recording to a file while playing the audio stream at the
> same time, streaming to the network etc etc, it can do all that with
> the help of nice mm frameworks like gstreamer and IMHO should not be a
> concern of alsa or a sound server (or whatever you call it). So in
> short, I agree with Ronald except that i realize the fact that ALSA
> (Advanced *Linux* Sound Arch.) is a very platform-specific solution.

I am sorry, you seemed to have missed *my point* as well. Or I just don't
understand what you're trying to say. ;-)


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