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PulseAudio Tames the Linux Audio Zoo, Part 2

Fixing PulseAudio on Ubuntu

  • June 26, 2008
  • By Carla Schroder
Last week we learned a bit about the chaotic jumble that is audio on Linux, and about the new PulseAudio sound server that just may create bit of order, and perhaps some more user-friendliness. Several Linux distributions default to using PulseAudio, such as Fedora, Ubuntu Hardy Heron, and Mandriva. Many others now include it in their software repositories, or you can follow this guide for installing the latest version from source code.

Application support for PulseAudio is not quite complete. Notable problem applications are Skype, Flash Player, and Real Player. I shall refrain from my usual sarcastic commentary on the inability of the vendors of closed, proprietary applications to keep pace with FOSS development, because a person should exhibit a bit of class now and then, however insincere. Visit The Perfect Setup for instructions on getting these to work.

I had originally intended to make this as general a guide as possible, but I ran into a number of problems on both Kubuntu Gutsy and Hardy and got all wrapped up in debugging them, so today is going to be Fix *buntu Day. This may be useful to users on other other distributions as well because it covers permission problems, ALSA problems, and init problems, so everyone is welcome to tag along.
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