Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Sound again

I upgraded recently to Kubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty", and I made the mistake of installing PulseAudio, the "new generation" audio system for linux. What a mistake. I then spent several hours trying to get sound working again - there is a thread in the Ubuntu forums with more than 125 pages of people complaining about PulseAudio, and this is not counting the whole collection of other threads on the same topic.

Of course, if you want to uninstall PulseAudio, you have to uninstall most of KDE because of dependencies - or so it seems. I had to install first the replacement for PulseAudio (ESound, which works fine, thank you), before being able to purge the pulseaudio related packages. Except one library, which has to stay there apparently.

And now sound works again. Hurrah!


At 8:38 AM, Blogger Mauss said...

Opensuse switched to pulse audio with 11.0 It was a little annoying figureing out how to make the changes I wanted, but it worked fine. Opensuse 11.1 works with pulse great. So it's not pulse, but maybe the ubuntu implementation?

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Seb said...

I guess most of the blame lies with Ubuntu - I've seen indeed that other distros got it to work. And there are many for whom it worked in Kubuntu, but also many for whom it doesn't (and I tried many many tips).


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