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Ubuntu Tip: Turning PulseAudio On and Off

Jul 22, 2010, 18:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"PulseAudio was supposed to cure desktop audio in Linux. It promised useful features like device routing and individual volume controls. It may well do these things; in my experience it has been frustrating, opaque, and unreliable.

"Some have claimed that Ubuntu's implementation is flawed; I haven't looked at other distros yet, so I don't know. On my Ubuntu 10.04 system there are five separate sound control panels lurking in various locations, four PulseAudio and one Gnome:

1. System > Preferences > Sound is the Gnome sound control panel
2. Which looks a lot like System > Preferences > PulseAudio Preferences (paprefs)
3. Then there is Applications > Sound and Video > PulseAudio Device Chooser (padevchooser)"

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