Anyone else annoyed by pulseaudio?
Both Fedora (since F8) and Ubuntu (since 8.04) have implemented Pulseaudio as the default sound system. From what I've heard this is supposed to be an improvement because pulseaudio allows two sound sources to play at the same time even if the hardware audio chipset or audio card don't support this.
It is apparently some sort of a layer between the kernel's audio driver and the audio programs.
The thing is, in practice it has been nothing but an annoyance to me, a regression I might add, rather than an improvement. My sound chipset, which is onboard with the Intel chipset, apparently already supported the feature in question natively by using ALSA. Yet pulseaudio sometimes manages to not only break ALSA in that respect, but totally make sound unavailable altogether, depending on what program you use.
At best it is an unstable and buggy system, but in all honesty it seems quite unnecessary, in fact unworthy of inclusion. Even if your audio hardware didn't support playing multiple things at once, which I really have to doubt considering how advanced systems even onboard most motherboards are, it isn't like this feature is of such critical importance to bring in a new and half buggy solution to the table..
What do you think?
I for one have totally removed pulseaudio and am sticking to ALSA.