Disabling Pulseaudio has been a solution, once again
2011-04-13 19 Comments
On my current Ubuntu 10.10 installation, Pulseaudio did a good enough job to not appear on my radar, until today. I reactivated my Skype account after long abstinence. The test sound was distorted, like less than 8 bits with extra crunchy aliasing, perhaps mixed with a bit of clean signal.
Quitting Skype, killing pulseaudio and renaming its binary as the quick way to avoid having it restarted fixed the issue. Clean sound. Luckily I have an old soundcard that does hardware mixing.
I’m not even sure how I would make a useful bug report out of this and lost time fixing the issue instead of getting things done, already. Still, I don’t want to let this pass silently.
Despite having nothing to gain from Pulseaudio, currently, I’m not opposed to it conceptually. But like in the old days, where I even went so far as to rip it out of my system, it was not a solution, but created a problem. A less computer savvy person could have deduced that Skype on Ubuntu is broken.
So now I have an old serial Wacom tablet requiring manually patching and building things to get it to work plus a sound system that I have to disable after each upgrade. Both Unity and Gnome 3 make assumptions that are not compatible with the way I work. Not even the way I want to work. First I lost interest in constantly messing with my system, after I got too much of that with Gentoo. Now I’m losing interest to even upgrade once every 6 months. But maybe that’s just maturity 🙂