Firstly, people claim that PulseAudio brings a lot of fail to the Linux desktop environment. As with many maturing architectures, there are massive growing pains. David F is not the first to note that Jaunty's packages have thrown many desktop users for a loop. It should come as no surprise that there is more breakage on the horizon, and in fact, I documented it twice to, well, near silence on the ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing list. Much more importantly, however, PulseAudio has been instrumental in exposing numerous alsa-kernel (which in Ubuntu affects the linux source package, not the alsa-driver source package) and alsa-lib bugs. We all owe Takashi, Jaroslav, Lennart, and myriad others a round of $beverage for making things bearable^Waudible.
I'll take this opportunity to state again [OpenOffice.org Impress file] (as during my 2008 Ohio LinuxFest presentation) that Linux audio can be hairy, and if it has worked for us directly via ALSA, OSS (including v4.x), etc., we should be pleased but mindful that there is always room for improvement.
Secondly, Jaunty is in development. While it is reasonable to expect that filesystem-munching bugs don't hit us daily, it is also reasonable to expect that running a development branch brings experimental configurations that could munch our filesystems. The PulseAudio configuration currently in Jaunty was delivered precisely to trigger alsa-kernel and alsa-lib bugs so that they can be fixed. Surely we don't want another instance of Hardy's PulseAudio configuration to bite us!
Finally, it is much more productive to Ubuntu developers and maintainers for the Jaunty testing community to file bugs. In the case of Jaunty's PulseAudio, there already exists one "master" bug tracking the most common complaints of:
- my sound is inaudible on GNOME session login
- my sound disappears randomly while using GNOME
- music and/or video applications seem to hang or crash while using GNOME