Better Bluetooth A2DP support on Linux

Pali Rohár pali.rohar at
Thu Jun 4 20:16:57 BST 2020


For two years I have been playing with Bluetooth audio support. I
prepared patches for pulseaudio which radically improve bluetooth A2DP
situation on Linux, but now after two years I see that pulseaudio
maintainers are in interested in them and they are fine with current
bluetooth audio state on Linux.

For last two months lot of users are asking me when my patches would be
merged into pulseaudio and when bluetooth audio situation on Linux would
be better.

To all users now I'm writing reply, that they should forgot about Linux
support as maintainers are not interested in it and users should use e.g.
Apple systems where everything bluetooth audio related is working out of
the box. It is just wasting time for non-power users on Linux to try to
do anything if there are already Apple and Windows systems where it is

So, I would like to ask you, Debian maintainers, are you interested in
Bluetooth A2DP patches for pulseaudio in which pulseaudio maintainers
are not interested? I have working support for aptX, aptX-HD, SBC-XQ
and FastStream codecs in A2DP profile. FastStream is also with
microphone support.

Discussion (mostly by users) and last version of patches is available at:

If you are not interested (e.g. because you just package upstream
unpatched software), just ignore this email.

I was thinking that if normal end users are interested in software
modification in which upstream maintainers are not interested then
distribution could probably be the next level for doing this
distribution. I'm using Debian systems for development and also on
servers, so I could help with patches in cause you would be interested.

I think it is better to say to users what is the reality instead of
being silent or ignoring direct and unpopular questions about state.

Pali Rohár
pali.rohar at

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