[arch-general] about pipewire

computers with nikita nikita nikitadd22 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 2 16:00:43 UTC 2021

Pipewire does more then just audio, it can handle video stuff, and that is
what its being used for in this case

On Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 12:43 AM Javier via arch-general <
arch-general at lists.archlinux.org> wrote:

> Hello !
> I do understand pipewire is required on wayland to be able to share the
> desktop.  Is its audio component required as well for desktop sharing on
> wayland?  I'm talking future wise, and mainly about some applications which
> allows audio and video conferencing as well as desktop sharing, like zoom,
> slack and perhaps webrtc.  If its audio component is not required, is it
> possible at all to let pipewire without its audio components?  Would it be
> enough to avoid installing its alsa and pulse plugins?  Any additional
> configuration required?
> I have avoided using pulse, and I really don't want to use pipewire audio
> component either.  I might have to use pipewire if moving to wayland in the
> future for whatever reason.  I have hybrid used cases for audio.  On the
> desktop of course, but also headless, since I also left boxes playing music
> without anyone logged in (I log in, make mpd play a list, and log out), and
> I times go back and forth from being logged in and logged out, and not
> necessarily I log to the desktop, just console or ssh connections might be
> enough to start playing music on mpd.  Plain alsa does great for these
> hybrid use model.  There are as well other non common gnu+linux midi
> frameworks which do well, like sndio, but pulse-audio and pipewire don't.
> Thanks !
> --
> Javier

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