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  • Just found your blog entry while scouring google trying to see if anyone has found a systematic way to get softphones working on Linux, even under ALSA. It's 2006, and you're still absolutely right on all your points -- I'm not even trying to do anything fancy like operate through a firewall. I just...want...the...f****** on ALSA. Because, hey, it usually works out of the box on Windows, and when it doesn't, there is a regularized and systematic way to get it working rather than the mojimbo voodoo that I need to even get sound out working in Linux.

    Thankfully, ALSA sound out has been starting to work for me the past few years on such wildly exotic systems as a CMedia or the Intel's i810 integrated sound card. Sort of. But sound input, even under ALSA, is sort of where sound out was in ca 2000. That is, in a free-as-in-clinic sort of shoddy quality that no one else seems to address. For example, sometimes the device is busy, sometimes it isn't, and why ever would there be something as useful as a debug log you could submit?

    What I'm saying is, you're right that VoIP on Linux is a complete nonstarter. Even if the code that runs your softphone is perfect, if the microphone or speakers don't work properly, then it's not even worth s***.