The day finally arrived! PipeWire 1.0 has been officially released, marking the real start of properly modern audio and video handling on Linux. While it's been fully usable for a long time now, this is still an important milestone of course.
What PipeWire is supposed to offer:
- Capture and playback of audio and video with minimal latency.
- Real-time multimedia processing on audio and video.
- Multiprocess architecture to let applications share multimedia content.
- Seamless support for PulseAudio, JACK, ALSA, and GStreamer applications.
- Sandboxed applications support.
See more on the official site.
From their 1.0 announcement:
"PipeWire represents the next evolution of audio handling for Linux, taking the best of both pro-audio (JACK) and desktop audio servers (PulseAudio) and linking them into a single, seamless, powerful new system." - Paul Davis, JACK and Ardour author
"What exciting times! PipeWire 1.0 is the culmination of 15 years of Linux audio expertise, blending lessons from PulseAudio into a high-performance, flexible, and user-friendly foundation for audio and multimedia on Linux. I'm looking forward to the next decade of progress in the free software consumer and professional audio space!." - Arun Raghavan, PulseAudio developer/maintainer.
"I'm thrilled to witness the first stable release of PipeWire after five years of collaboration with its remarkable community, pushing the boundaries of multimedia integration in the Linux ecosystem one step further.” - George Kiagiadakis, WirePlumber author
"From the beginning of the libcamera project, we have always seen PipeWire as the solution to handle desktop and mobile integration and give a seamless multimedia integration to users while providing security features and resource sharing between applications." - Kieran Bingham, libcamera author