Why does ubuntu use python-alsaaudio-0.2 over 0.4?

Asked by feeboo

So I've been trying to get the AWN dock to control my volume and onox who i think is running that project has been incredibly willing to help me get it to work. His second last message to me though was this:

onox requested for more information:
It seems python-alsaudio-0.2 uses cardnames instead of a cardindex, but
these cardnames are different than the names returned by HAL. Can you
ask the ubuntu folks to package 0.4?

from this thread: https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/awn-extras/+question/61037

So here I am. But instead of just saying, "hey, use 0.4 instead of 0.2" I'm asking why that isn't the case. If there is a justifiable reason than obviously you shouldn't update it. I'm running Ubuntu 8.10, fresh install. Did it a couple weeks ago. I'm a novice user of Linux.

Thank you Ubuntu crew. I love how intuitive everything is. It's really incredible what you've accomplished.

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Fake Name (fakeuserxxxx-deactivatedaccount) said :

I can't tell why, but what I can is that this package is not provided by Canonical, and this means another person makes updates to it. It appears that just nobody took care of it, and that's probably why still old package appears in repositories. I guess asking the maintainer (can be found here: http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/python-alsaaudio) of the package would work.


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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Filled a bug report and linked this question to it https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pyalsaaudio/+bug/331171

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