[pulseaudio-discuss] Multiple users (kde) on Debian

Halim Sahin halim.sahin at freenet.de
Fri Aug 20 20:09:31 PDT 2010

Hi Folks,

Taking exclusive soundhardware access is one of the most anoying
behaviour of pulseaudio.
One other problem  is that the pa devs seem not wanting to help in any
place if the requested feature don't fit in their thinking style.

this is the reason why a11y is broken in most of the linux plain
textconsoles and people with disabilities must deal with the broken
pulseaudio design and lost the stable accessibility of the textconsole.
If you really don't want to change anything in the pa design, simply offer a
way that pa can prevented to take exclusive access to the soundhardware
by falling back to alsa's dmix.
A global setting for dmix fallback will solve a lot of issues in all
Don't forget that pulseaudio is in use on many home computers where a
user itself can be logged in as different users and there are no
security concern about the user is sniffing his own mike :-).

Just my two cents.
A frustrated pa user.

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