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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] [RfC] audio: probe audio drivers by default

From: Kamil Rytarowski
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/4] [RfC] audio: probe audio drivers by default
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:06:52 +0100
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On 24.01.2019 07:38, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>   Hi,
>>> https://xkcd.com/927/
>> There is a different context on BSD than on Linux. We can choose one
>> solution and switch to it literally all the software keeping everything
>> in a single ports tree.
>> This is what happened on OpenBSD.
>> The result is that almost everything uses sndio, and pulseaudio is far
>> behind in adoption in any distro.
> I'm not going to join the sndio vs. pulse discussion.
> But from a maintenance point of view it sucks big time to have a bunch
> of ways to play sound, and everybody uses a different one so you have to
> maintain a backend for each of those methods.
> Maybe we should outsource that problem.  Write a gstreamer backend, then
> delete oss/alsa/sdl/pulse/whatever backends and let gstreamer handle
> that mess ...

Just please leave it to OS maintainers.

There is no fragmentation in BSD distributions so sndio isn't different
to native sound system on Darwin or Windows and I see no complains that
Windows does not adapt PulseAudio. (Probably the only practical
difference is BSD being open-source.)

> cheers,
>   Gerd

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