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Old 09-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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How to upgrade pulseaudio to 3.0? My Ubuntu 12.04's VLC says sound will be better


It's at times like this when I miss nongenius-friendly Windows.

I think there are webpages telling how to upgrade pulseaudio, but all the ones I've seen assume some command-line skill, which I apparently don't have.

Can someone tell me how, minute step by minute step, to upgrade pulseaudio on Ubuntu 12.04?

Please?

I'm not unintelligent; I just haven't been able to master command-line, even, it seems, the basics. A few successes would probably give me some confidence, but for now I need real simplified help.

Thanks.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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The normal method would be to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.04 or newer. (12.04 was released April 2012 so it contains slightly older software.)

Here are easy 1-2-3 instructions (with screenshots): http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Is this a satisfactory answer/solution for you?

Last edited by snowpine; 09-05-2013 at 09:10 AM.
 
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Thanks, snowpine. It sounds simple enough.

I chose 12.04 because someone told me that that was the best option for the unsavvy, though I didn't manage to understand why. What are the advantages of using the LTS version?

The upgrade page says that 13.04 is supported for 9 months (starting when?). I don't understand the implications of that. Is one (perhaps the only?) advantage to the LTS version that the user doesn't have to deal with upgrades as often? I don't mind tending to upgrades as needed; I'm guessing upgrading the OS itself is pretty straightforward.

I guess I don't really understand what "extended support" means.
 
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13.04 will be supported through Jan 2014 and 12.04 through April 2017, as you can read here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

It is important to understand that all Ubuntu releases are "frozen" at the date specified in their version number. So if you use 12.04 for its full lifespan, that means you will be using software from April 2012 until April 2017.

Therefore you have your choice: you can use the stable and well-tested (but older) software in 12.04 LTS through 2017, or you can get into the habit of upgrading your system every 6 months to always have the latest (but possibly buggy) software.

It is also possible there exist methods to stay on 12.04 while upgrading PulseAudio to a newer version. Since I do not use Ubuntu myself, I cannot comment.
 
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #5
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Hmm. Ubuntu seems quite behind the times on Pulseaudio. On Debian Testing (Jessie) the current version is 4.0-6. It may be that a rolling release like Debian Testing may serve your needs better. You get a constant but pretty small flow of updates regularly so you never fall too far behind the most up-to-date versions of your software. For my taste, a constant flow is more relaxing and less traumatic than a sudden jolt.
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Hmm. Ubuntu seems quite behind the times on Pulseaudio. On Debian Testing (Jessie) the current version is 4.0-6.
Ubuntu is not "behind the times" but rather exactly of the time indicated by the release number. Pulseaudio 4.0 was released in June 2013 so you will not find it in Ubuntu releases 13.04 (April 2013) or earlier.

Ubuntu 13.10 Testing has Pulseaudio 4.0 just like Debian Testing.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 06:09 PM   #7
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I'm editing out what I wrote here about an hour ago. I inadvertently downloaded an image for a USB stick for Windows, and thus was nonsensical.

Sorry for the confusion, if anyone read it.

snowpine, thanks again for your input. I'm attempting to install 13.04.

I'll post soon with either another question or an announcement of my success.

Last edited by Kirsten; 09-05-2013 at 07:18 PM. Reason: made stupid mistake
 
Old 09-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #8
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I've followed the directions on http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...tick-on-ubuntu down to selecting the ISO image and the USB stick. When I select "Other," and highlight the downloaded ubuntu-13.04-desktop-i386.iso, and click "Open," I'm returned to the Startup Disk Creator with no change showing there. What keeps showing in the source disk image field is "/dev/sr0", OS version "MM10_D3", size "5.2GB".

"Make Startup Disk" is grayed out.

Help?
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Update: An hour or two later, when I awakened the computer from Suspend, I looked again at the Startup Disk Creator, to find it showing the downloaded file, in the location where I'd asked it to look for it. Initially I had stored it in a folder called "Temporary," but I had subsequently moved it to my home folder, wondering whether that might somehow might make it easier for SDC to accept it.

Since SDC was finally looking for the image where it no longer was, I tried again to change the source image field to reflect that the downloaded file was then in my home directory, but again SDC wouldn't budge. I copied and pasted the source file back into the folder called "Temporary," so that SDC might find it there, since that was newly the only place it was willing to look.

The "Make Startup Disk" button shifts between grayed out with a white field, whenever I return from trying to select the source image, and grayed out with an orange field after I click on either the source field image or the device image. Neither is responsive to clicking.

Upshot: SDC is not responding.
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Further update:

My impasse is past. Turns out the MM10_D3 was the video that was in my DVD drive at the time, though I still don't know why SDC wouldn't listen to me. When I emptied the DVD drive, SDC behaved better.

There seems to have been something twitchy with my USB stick. I tried erasing it and formatting it, but was told I didn't have permission. I took it out and put it in my Windows machine and formatted it there, and then plugged it back into my Linux machine, and suddenly "Make Startup Disk" was functional. I think I got the image onto the stick. I'll try installing tomorrow morning.

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Old 09-06-2013, 01:30 AM   #9
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Ubuntu is not "behind the times" but rather exactly of the time indicated by the release number. Pulseaudio 4.0 was released in June 2013 so you will not find it in Ubuntu releases 13.04 (April 2013) or earlier.

Ubuntu 13.10 Testing has Pulseaudio 4.0 just like Debian Testing.
You're quite correct if you use the relativistic (Ubuntu-an) sense of "behind the times". In absolute terms the current version of Pulseaudio is (at least) 4.0-6 (maybe Debian testing is behind the times too). So in the normal sense of "behind the times" (i.e. not up to date with the latest version of a given package) Debian 13.04 is behind the times. If I understand your logic then no version of Ubuntu could ever be "behind the times" because they all refer "exactly of the time indicated by the release number".

Buy, hey, let's not be pedantic about this.
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