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One reason is that pulseaudio broke audio for many Linux users (including me). Linux audio has long been problematic but had reached a point of stability when pulseaudio was adopted by some of the major distributions. I have no idea if the problem was that pulseaudio was broken, with distributors messing up, or with Linux audio drivers.

When a problem is easily solved by just an "apt-get remove X" it is easy to start hating the piece of software. No matter who was actually at fault.

The thing is that this is a really dated opinion. While I realise that it was really painful for those months, the end result is that audio on Linux seems to work a hell of a lot better these days.

By making Linux audio temporarily problematic Linux audio became a solved problem (at least in my mind, and the minds of many users of the major distributions that use it)

Except its not dated at all. I have constant issues with PA randomly failing to do basic things like mixing, or outputting any sound at all on newest code releases. This is still a real problem for people, pretending it isnt and everything is solved and working because it works for you is an incredibly shitty attitude.

Stop it.

And yes I reported the bugs.

I receive all the bugs for Mageia. I don't notice bugreports for PulseAudio like what you describe. Seems very aggressive to suggest that someone has a "incredibly shitty attitude" just because someone has a different perception.

it's rather frustrating to be continuously told your problems don't exist because they aren't a problem for somebody else.

It does not seem that dated to me. Last time pulseaudio broke the sound at my computer was in two weeks ago on Debian Squeeze. Could have been a Debian fuckup, could be my hardware but whatever it was it was fixed with sudo apt-get remove pulseaudio.

I realize that is all anecdotal and I could be one of the few people in the world who still have problems with it.

Well, all software has problems. I just doubt that if problems were as prevalent as the vocal minority make out that PA would remain in the major distributions.

Not so dated IMHO. My default reaction to sound issues on Ubuntu 12.04 is to kill all pulseaudio processes.

And everytime, without fail, audio starts working again.

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