- Name of software: pulseaudio-modules-bt
- Project homepage: https://github.com/EHfive/pulseaudio-modules-bt
- Why we should include this into the repository, i.e. what does it do that the alternatives do not? This pulseaudio fork adds support for higher quality bluetooth codecs such as APTX, APTX-HD, and LDAC.
- Is it open source? Yes, GNU GPLv3 or later.
- If there are no upstream releases but the inclusion policy is otherwise met, please provide a link to the source repository (i.e. GitHub): Same as project homepage.
I think you misunderstand. It is not a fork of pulseaudio, but rather a fork of the existing pulseaudio bluetooth module that adds support for high quality codecs. It is a fork just because of licensing issues.
These modules do make a huge difference for those who use Bluetooth peripherals, there are currently no other ways of utilizing other Bluetooth codecs within Linux besides this from what I'm aware.
By the way, sorry for Necrobumping this thread, but I feel like it may be an issue that affects more than a few people.
PS: I am aware the project has been deprecated in favor of the new PipeWire implementations, but unless Solus is going to replace PulseAudio with PipeWire anytime soon, these modules should still be relevant for the foreseeable future
That code has already been merged: https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pulseaudio/pulseaudio/-/merge_requests/440 We are just waiting for a new pulseaudio release.
As for Pipewire, we are still in the discovery phase: T9694: Meta: PipeWire 0.3.26 Testing and Feedback I think most distro maintainers agree that Pipewire will likely replace Pulse and JACK, but we are still in a holding pattern while stability improves.