PulseAudio requirement breaks Firefox on ALSA-only systems

Bug #1671273 reported by Forest on 2017-03-08
This bug affects 19 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Upgrading Firefox to version 52 on an ALSA-only system breaks audio on all websites.

PulseAudio has apparently become a hard requirement in the latest official build of Firefox, but since PulseAudio is (due to its design) not viable on some systems, this renders Firefox useless as a general-purpose browser.

The upstream code still contains ALSA support. Please re-enable it on Ubuntu. I have read that Arch Linux has already done so.

Forest (foresto) on 2017-03-08
description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
linuxball (linuxball) on 2017-03-09
tags: added: xenial
linuxball (linuxball) wrote :

At least for an LTS distribution (xenial here) I expect that an update of an essential program (like firefox) will NOT remove the support for the most basic linux audio interface (ALSA) so that audio is broken for those who rely on that interface.

Please re-enable ALSA support by compiling firefox with "--enable-alsa", see https://support.mozilla.org/hwsfp35778/board/message?board.id=Privacy-Security&message.id=1037477#M1037477

Adam Hunt (adamandruth) wrote :

Note that "ALSA-only systems" particularly affects all Lubuntu users.

auquicu (aebsbkrs) wrote :

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS - As others said already, please do not break ALSA support on an LTS system. (And if you make ALSA necessary for Firefox (why?), then make sure that it is a dependency.)

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
asgard2 (kamp000x) wrote :

Audio is not working at my lubuntu, even if PulseAudio was already installed.

ii gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio:amd64 0.10.31-3+nmu4ubuntu2.16.04.2
ii pulseaudio 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.2
ii pulseaudio-module-x11 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.2
ii pulseaudio-utils 1:8.0-0ubuntu3.2

Firefox is popping up the same PulseAudio missing message.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

asgard2, you probably need gstreamer1.0-pulseaudio instead of 0.10

Robie Basak (racb) on 2017-03-17
tags: added: regression-update
mathojojo (mathojojo) wrote :

Just after enabling native FLAC support in Firefox, they drop ALSA Support... totally senseless !! To enjoy FLAC quality, we still need ALSA. Pulseaudio is resampling everything !!

It's a big regression, please re-introduce ALSA support fast !

Yrjö Selänne (yselnne) wrote :

Would this also affect gnome-alsamixer ?


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