The Linux sound system PulseAudio is unsatisfactory in many ways, so the GNOME project and Red Hat developers decided to implement a new media system from scratch, and plans to eventually replace PulseAudio as a new Linux multimedia infrastructure.
Pipewire is the latest addition to Wim Taymans, co-founder of the GStreamer project. Wim has previously developed a new security model for PulseAudio to ensure that the containerized application outputs sound through PulseAudio. Pipewire will support PulseAudio’s previously tried professional audio use cases to ensure that professional audio becomes a first-class citizen of the Linux desktop. This high-rise approach from the beginning has sparked controversy in the community.