2012-04-19 07:22:20 CDT (In reply to comment #351
> the Wine leadership seems to think that denying the prevalence of
> Pulseaudio is the best solution.
Nope. This stuff is hard and requires careful development and testing to create as few regressions as possible. We really wanted the ALSA->PulseAudio path to work, and we tried very hard to make it work for everybody. Trust me, we know about the prevalence of PulseAudio: we spent months trying to work around bugs in alsa-plugins, and the ALSA driver is full of hacks as a result.
Unfortunately, it turns out that alsa-plugins isn't robust enough for Wine's purposes. Because of the complexity of this problem and the large increase in work required to maintain yet another driver, we take the process of adding a new driver very seriously.
It has become clear that we need a PulseAudio driver, and one will get in eventually. Please continue to be patient as we work towards a solution that is acceptable for Wine. I promise there is active work being done on this.