Re: Karmic Koala brief rant/rave and sound advice...literally.
For sound cards that have well-written drivers or have been updated to fix the underlying issues exposed by Pulseaudio, you'll gain nothing and you'll lose the ability to properly control which sound devices get used by which programs; you'll also lose the individual volume controls on applications.
Originally Posted by Ghost|BTFH
Don't get people into the habit of ripping out Pulseaudio every time. For a lot of people it works well out-of-the-box. For even more people, it works well with a little bit of configuration (which can be done without an extra download in Karmic). For even more people, it works well with a sound driver update.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.