Just installed Kubuntu Oneiric (installing over Chakra, which doesn't support PA) and Pulse Audio is working fine! I just checked and my microphone works. Also, Kubuntu provides a package for an alternative volume control called Veromix (which lets you set the volume of multiple programs). I still have KMix in the background so my volume knob (or rocker or whatever it is called) still works on my laptop.
Seems like the decision to move to PulseAudio is working out... but I can't really find a reason to be able to control multiple streams of sound. I'm not going to have a song playing in Amarok while watching a YouTube video! So, what is the real world application of PA?
I've just compiled and installed PulseAudio 1.0 and now all applications hang for some seconds when trying to use sound, then they fail. They worked relatively fine with PulseAudio 0.9.23. Syslog contains a couple of cryptic error messages from PulseAudio, but they were there too when PulseAudio worked. Starting the PulseAudio daemon in foreground mode produces kilometers of debug output, but not a single message when an application tries to play audio and fails.
I'm sure it's entirely my fault, but still I would be happier if "desktop Linux" hadn't abandoned the beauty of the KISS approach. End of rant, now back to understand what's gone wrong this time.
Like AC3/DTS passthrough for my digital 5.1 decoder?passthrough audio support
Upgraded to PA 1.0, had to restart pulseaudio (which is expected) appart from that it seems to be working fine
will ubuntu 11.10 have pa 1.0 ?
Anyone experienced that one of the stereo channels is much louder with pulseaudio?
Anyways I like pulseaudio alot. Everything just seems to work easier than before
One thing I wonder about though is the audio delay when playing over network -- how god/bad is yours? Mine is like 5-10 seconds with wireless