Feature Request/Recommendation/Petition?: Remove PulseAudio!
Alright guys, I really am very appreciative you guys are thinking about Linux as a platform... In fact it's probably the best thing you ever did. BUT SERIOUSLY PULSEAUDIO!? I'm sorry, but when I do (pre-built) linux installs (ex ubuntu) the first thing I do is remove pulseaudio. If I'm building an Arch linux install (most the time) I don't even bother installing pulseaudio... PulseAudio as constantly been proven to have hardware issues, software issues, configuration issues, high latency (fact: to try the steam linux I've been trying to get pulseaudio to play nice with my current audio setup (jack) and the first time I ran tf2 and fired off a shotgun shell, by the time you saw the bullets hit wall, the sound started playing for the shotgun blast.) And overall just a pain in the butt with rolling-release distros like Linux Mint. After going through a bunch of configuration with pulseaudio and jack, I finally got a low latency build, but then take a guess? I rebooted, and pulseaudio not only now wont detect my headphones built-in sound card, and I can't get it to play nice with jack anymore... All because a simple reboot... PulseAudio is a joke, and while I very much support that you are developing your client for linux, it was a bad move to make games DEPEND on PulseAudio, and as of yet, I've yet to see any otherway to get sound out of your games besides using pulse, and so while I'm extremely happy you've made a client for linux, I'm severly dissapoint you didn't do your research and learn how linux audio works. While pulseaudio maybe on most the distros you were aiming for... You have to realize that pulseaudio is troublesome, and honestly has kind of died off with those who care about their audio. I would have honestly liked to see just strict alsa support (which all distros have) or JACK/JACK2 support... Or at least an option to configure which audio server you use... I hope you at least take that into consideration, and if you have read this thank you.
I would like to also make this a petition if I can, anyone who agrees that Valve should try and work with at least alsa, implement JACK, or at least allow for the option to choose which sound-server you use, please state so here as well.