Thursday, December 31, 2009

Heads up: powerdown changes to alsa-base in Lucid/10.04

If you don't normally follow the Ubuntu development lists, it's a good time to begin. Yesterday I uploaded alsa-driver to Lucid which, among other things, contains my extensions to power down various parts of the HDA controller and codec after a configurable idle period. Work is far from complete, and I could use your help to make sure your sound hardware is well-supported in 10.10.

In summary:
"Just to clarify in case it's not already obvious: my having uploaded alsa-driver in no way affects the default Lucid install of the kernelspace ALSA driver (aka alsa-kernel). It remains 1.0.21. Anyone wishing to build modules of can do so using module-assistant and alsa-source. And, until Takashi returns, that approach will be more current than using the daily snap from the 27 Dec.

So, the current state of Lucid contains:
alsa-kernel 1.0.21 (as shipped in linux 2.6.32-9.13-generic)
alsa-lib 1.0.22 + Fix-S24_3LE-softvol-distortion.patch (bdf80)
alsa-plugins 1.0.22"

Monday, December 7, 2009

Lucid development: audio for Alpha 1

Things that won't land for Lucid Alpha 1:

Steady progress on Analog Devices HDA suspend/resume additions/fixes in pursuit of powerdown objectives;

Fix for PulseAudio bailing on HDA softmodems.

On the other hand, they will land sometime soonish. In fact, the latter fix is available for testing in Karmic from the ubuntu-audio-dev PPA.

(As always, thanks for understanding that I have a limited amount of free time to do this stuff.)