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Rant of the day : crappy new Gnome pulseaudio mixer

I was just willing to make a gracious rant, so here it is : new gnome mixer based on pulseaudio is so crap that I can’t believe they dare to release this and put it in a stable gnome release ! Sorry Colin, sorry pulseaudio dev ( Lennart ), but your new mixer is just utterly broken. Reinout van Schouwen or Adam already talk about it, but I will take the time to talk about this again, because I’m in trouble to fix 64 workstations running GNOME 2.26 on Mandriva 2009.1. Indeed, this week end, I’ve upgrade all the workstation at my call center to Mandriva 2009.1 Spring. The upgrade using Mandriva autoinstaller feature was smooth and easy : it was a pleasure. Now comes the hard part … It seems that by default the Front control is muted, so you end up with no sound. You must admit that a call center without sounds, notably for the supervisor who need to listen to the call records, it’s a very bad thing. So what can I do ? Pulseaudio mixer don’t let adjust the volume for each of the sound card elements. So I end up installing gnome-alsamixer package or using aumix to fix the volume control. Unfortunately, at each reboot/logout, pulseaudio seems to reset the settings back, and so I end up without sound. As the gnome-volume-control applet is no longer shipped, I have really a problem. So dear lazy web, how can I fix this on the pulseaudio front ?

Now I’m just willing to give an advice to pulseaudio dev : I do agree when you want to simplify user life by providing more simpler UI. However you should also never forget that the rule one size fit all doesn’t exists. So you need to provide a way for users to provide customs settings. By the way, If no others OS like Windows or even more Mac OS X provide a so simplified UI for the volume control, there’s must have a reason.

This was my useless rant of the day, but you may understand that this piss me off as now I have 64 angry users who have to manually restore the volume control each time.


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