Ok, I've had it with the sound issue. Would it really be that hard to issue a fix so I don't hear that annoying beep everytime I shut down? Also, when I connect my digital camera or mp3 player, the desktop icons sometimes disappear, & when I reboot to get them back, I hear the default startup sound, instead of the one I chose. I then must reinstall esound to make it work again. So, connecting a usb device essentially breaks the sound! Pulse & ALSA don't play well together, plain & simple. Why not leave them out by default, & let the user choose? How can I get rid of pulse completely? I still have a few packages that can't be removed unless I remove things I want to keep. All of this has been VERY annoying, & I'm asking.... no, BEGGING.... for a fix ASAP!!! Why must I wait another 3 or 4(?) months for the next release of Mint, to see *IF* the sound was fixed? So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEEEASE fix it before I start ripping my hair out!!!