[pulseaudio-discuss] another reason not to like pulseaudio

Joel Roth joelz at pobox.com
Mon Mar 7 17:43:19 UTC 2016

Bryan Duarte wrote:
> > Jude,
> I found the same thing happen to me also with the pulse
> audio not ever fully being removed as a priority audio
> output device. I have attempted to change its order,
> completely turn it off, and set the USB audio driver as
> the priority audio output device yet speech will not
> deploy through it. There has got to be a way for us to get
> these drivers installed and set to default or better yet
> convert the pulse audio so we can get speech output. This
> is seriously crazy that this is the only thing keeping
> blind people from having full and complete access to our
> devices! 

Hi Bryan, Jude

I'm curious which flavor(s) of linux you are using.
And whether pulseaudio is the default in the installer.

There is an ongoing effort to remove systemd dependence in a 
fork of Debian called 'Devuan', and I believe they will
be responsive to feedback on accessibility issues.
The letters 'VUA' in the name comes from 'veteran Unix

There is a good chance that the installer and default
installation will be ALSA only, or could be so tweaked to 
support the blinux community.

One step is removing systemd, and editing package
dependencies so that packages no longer require or recommend
systemd. Heavy desktop environments (notably Gnome) that
depend heavily on systemd will be supported later if at all.
A lighter desktop environment (probably xfce) will be the
default for those want one.

A second step will be replacing udev (with its net of
dependencies which include dbus) with vdev, a simpler
replacement currently under development.

Pulseaudio also works with dbus, and I believe Devuan
developers are interested in removing the requirement for PA
from the installer and/or base system. At any rate they will
be responsive to accessbility considerations.



Joel Roth

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