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"Sound settings" changes for Precise



The jack detection stuff I've been working with [1] during the Oneiric cycle is currently somewhat half-baked. What's missing is some UI changes to make this more user friendly.

For me it's important to get this done during the Precise cycle, and preferably as early as possible to get some feedback. For me personally I consider this to be the second highest thing on my priority list (the highest one will always be taking care of HWE bugs when they come up) I'm happy to spend my cycles on it as necessary. I know a lot about PulseAudio and how that part is supposed to work, but I'm not a trained designer.

As it stands, PulseAudio now provides sufficient information [2] for us to have the possibility to revamp the Sound Settings UI to make it more user friendly. This change was first discussed with Matthew Paul Thomas in June (IIRC), then Harry von Haaren - a summer worker - took on first making some mockups and later, started on an implementation. The implementation was never finished, and I'm not sure how much of it can be reused for "the real thing".

Also, there is no reason as I see it to not trying to upstream it into GNOME. I don't know exactly how to do that or who to contact about it.

We should definitely have a UDS session about this, but I'm not sure whether HWE or DX (or someone else) is the better driver here. So this is mostly an outreach to - hopefully! - relevant people to help me out to finish off jack detection and make it a success in Precise!

David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.

[1] http://voices.canonical.com/david.henningsson/2011/09/06/pulseaudio-with-jack-detection/

[2] TBH, there are some PulseAudio patches as well, but that's the easy part.

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