On 2 Apr 2014, at 13:40, Daniel Kalchev <dan...@digsys.bg> wrote:

> On 02.04.14 12:22, David Chisnall wrote:
>> The use case that PulseAudio was [over]designed to fix was plugging in USB 
>> headphones (or connecting a Bluetooth headset) and having existing audio 
>> streams redirected there.
> Please don't ever make this behavior the default!
> Imagine, you have an audio setup mixing sound and pushing it out and then you 
> plug in some USB device that also has "audio capability" and your production 
> sound gets redirected there. A nightmare!

Do you really think that someone is going to be setting up an audio mixing 
environment without configuring their sound setup?  Or that people doing this 
make up the majority of users?

> Knowing what you do and the system behaving in predictable way is one of the 
> beauties of UNIX and FreeBSD in particular.

I agree, however sane defaults are also very important to a useable system and 
these are not mutually exclusive.  It is perfectly possible to have a system 
that has defaults that do what most users do (or a choice of defaults based on 
a simple selection of typical uses), but which is also configurable if you have 
unusual requirements.  This is what we aim to do with FreeBSD.  

> Don't make it so that even idiots can use it because then, only idiots will 
> be using it!

This kind of argument has no place in FreeBSD.  You are not a better person 
because you use things that are hard to use.  You are not a better person 
because you choose to do things the difficult way.  You are not a better person 
because you prove your superiority by making life hard for others.


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