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What bothers me here is that I read "Oh, change this, do that turn this knob and sound will work for you." Then it works until there's a new kernel update (I use Ubuntu) and it breaks again. Or it just stops working after too many applications use it.
Then you read how fabulous PulseAudio is and how wonderful it is, but it just plain does not work. By working, it should work every time, all the the time without knob turning. It's embarrassing that in this area, Windows 95 is superior to Linux in almost every respect.
All this effort is put into chrome polishing the kernel for faster SMP with 64 CPU systems and the dang box can't even play music without having some sort of brain failure.