this idea popped up, when I thought about the difficulties I had when I was installing Ubuntu/Mint the first time. That time I had no audio after install, and every time I do a complete new install today I also don't have any sound. The reason lies in the surround capability of my mainboard (a Fujitsu-Siemens 1614d) onboard sound. This allows the sound drivers to reconfigure in- and output connectors to be changed in any combination. For a curious reason that I don't know, under Ubuntu based systems (maybe also other Linux systems) in- and output are changed compared with the Windows configuration. It took me several weeks to discover that sound isn't completely broken and about half a year to realize, that it is possible to change it back normal. I suspect, that this error can happen with other mainboards, and since this error isn't easy to decipher, it would be nice to have an audio assistant for setting up the sound completely. With features like different already given configurations and a test mode.