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PipeWire 1.0 is out now for modern Audio and Video on Linux

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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

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Minux Nov 27, 2023
Maybe I've never really used enough features about editing audio. But is it possible that I've never experienced any issue or at least noticed anything?

I've always heard that audio on Linux wasn't perfect. Maybe since I've been for so long without Windows I can't notice at all what goes wrong. Could that be?

By the way, I always love these kind of things. Now we need "Wayland 1.0"!

(By the way Liam, can't like this article, is the feature disabled?)


Last edited by Minux on 27 November 2023 at 12:31 pm UTC
Eike Nov 27, 2023
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Quoting: Minux(By the way Liam, can't like this article, is the feature disabled?)

Works for me, so maybe try reload or relogin.
Liam Dawe Nov 27, 2023
Quoting: Minux(By the way Liam, can't like this article, is the feature disabled?)
No, it's probably browser plugins blocking it. We have this come up now and then, because a whole bunch of privacy / adblockers seems to wipe away anything "like" related, I think it mostly comes from people believing it's tied to social networks and stuff but all our stuff is 100% built-in.
Minux Nov 27, 2023
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Minux(By the way Liam, can't like this article, is the feature disabled?)
No, it's probably browser plugins blocking it. We have this come up now and then, because a whole bunch of privacy / adblockers seems to wipe away anything "like" related, I think it mostly comes from people believing it's tied to social networks and stuff but all our stuff is 100% built-in.

Yep, definitely was uBlock Origin doing its stuff. Disabled and liked now.

Thank you both :-)


Last edited by Minux on 27 November 2023 at 12:50 pm UTC
BlackBloodRum Nov 27, 2023
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I just want to say one thing to PulseAudio:

Good riddance. I never want to see, nor deal with you again.

Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Minux(By the way Liam, can't like this article, is the feature disabled?)
No, it's probably browser plugins blocking it. We have this come up now and then, because a whole bunch of privacy / adblockers seems to wipe away anything "like" related, I think it mostly comes from people believing it's tied to social networks and stuff but all our stuff is 100% built-in.
I'm using uBlock Origin (sorry!), and all those buttons are still fully visible and functional.


Last edited by BlackBloodRum on 27 November 2023 at 12:55 pm UTC
Liam Dawe Nov 27, 2023
Quoting: BlackBloodRumI'm using uBlock Origin (sorry!), and all those buttons are still fully visible and functional.
No need to be sorry, I advise everyone to use blockers, although there's actually no need for them on here :). The one single "advert" we have is a direct sponsorship from Thunderbird and like that's basically our only real third-party thing but even that is a plain image link directly hosted. Block away!
WorMzy Nov 27, 2023
Still not sure what advantages this gives over PulseAudio, but it seems to be pretty embedded in the Arch package ecosystem (it's been present on my system as an unconfigured dependency for something else since mid-2018):

$ pactree -rs pipewire | wc -l  
2409
$ pactree -rs pulseaudio | wc -l
105


Guess it's time to take a look and see what all the excitement is about.
whizse Nov 27, 2023
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I've been pretty promiscuous when it comes to audio subsystems. Over the years I've used OSS, ALSA, Jack, ESD, PulseAudio.

Maybe it's about time I got my tubes tied - my pipes wired?
Cloversheen Nov 27, 2023
Quoting: whizseI've been pretty promiscuous when it comes to audio subsystems. Over the years I've used OSS, ALSA, Jack, ESD, PulseAudio.

Maybe it's about time I got my tubes tied - my pipes wired?
Yeah, same here. Pipewire have so far been both a blast and a bore, it just works...
Eike Nov 27, 2023
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Quoting: WorMzyStill not sure what advantages this gives over PulseAudio, but it seems to be pretty embedded in the Arch package ecosystem (it's been present on my system as an unconfigured dependency for something else since mid-2018):

$ pactree -rs pipewire | wc -l  
2409
$ pactree -rs pulseaudio | wc -l
105


Guess it's time to take a look and see what all the excitement is about.

It's even in Debian stable, and upgraded from PulseAudio by default, so yes, I guess it's time. :D


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