Getting rid of pulseaudio? [was Re: Cannot play MP3 or OGG as ringtone on GTA02]

Russell Sears sears at
Tue Jul 22 03:19:24 CEST 2008

Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> pulseaudio only features WAV files. In FSO we are using GStreamer to create 
> all kinds of tones.

I've heard FSO got rid of pulseaudio.  Is that true?  Any problems? 
Flamewars I should read? :)

I ask, since I'm working on improving mediaplayer's performance.  Having 
it talk directly to ALSA halved CPU usage (I think this is due to a 
misconfiguration...), and didn't seem to break multiple simultaneous 
apps talking to the sound card.

Anyway, if pulseaudio is going away, I don't want to spend time 
debugging it...

Also, is GStreamer definitely in the future?  I'm looking into 
fixed-point graphic equalizers; gstreamer seems to be a good place to 
add one.

The choices for adding new audio processing code seem to be adding a 
plugin to gstreamer, alsa or pulseaudio.


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