October 2, 2022

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Ubuntu will deprecate PulseAudio and use PipeWire by default

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Ubuntu will deprecate PulseAudio and use PipeWire by default



Ubuntu will deprecate PulseAudio and use PipeWire by default.

Canonical has replaced PulseAudio with Pipewire in daily builds of the latest development version of Ubuntu 22.10 (codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”) , making the former the default audio server in Ubuntu, and users won’t need any tweaks in the future.

Ubuntu will deprecate PulseAudio and use PipeWire by default

PipeWire was created by Wim Taymans of Red Hat, and the development work dates back to 2015.

The technology was originally considered to be the “PulseAudio of video”, but with the development of PipeWire, it was also extended to the audio field. Fedora 34, released in April 2021, became the first Linux distribution to adopt the technology by default, and other desktop Linux distributions soon followed.

In contrast, Ubuntu is only now starting development work in this area and is far behind its competitors.

In fact, the default image for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will have both PipeWire and PulseAudio installed.

But PipeWire is only used for video (mainly for compatibility with Wayland), PulseAudio still takes care of audio processing.

Therefore, users can set PipeWire as the default audio server with a little action in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, but the official active switch can avoid additional operations by users, and of course avoid errors when users set them by themselves.

PipeWire brings many benefits to the Ubuntu desktop. First, the implementation of PipeWire is updated, the development is more active, and there are relatively fewer PipeWire bugs;

secondly, PipeWire has better hardware compatibility, reduces CPU usage, and has Modern code base.

Ubuntu 22.10 will also use GCC 12 as the default system compiler, as well as many of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and open source software, including the GNOME 43 desktop environment, LLVM 15, systemd 251, GNU C Library 2.36, GNU Binutils 2.39, OpenLDAP 2.6, possibly Also includes the Linux 5.19 kernel.

According to the official development progress, Ubuntu 22.10 will be released on October 20 this year.



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