I have been using an ubuntu derivative called Ultimate Edition. It is basically just ubuntu with nice artwork and tons of apps and codecs installed. Well, pulseadio is giving me trouble with intermittent sound / no sound as it is with many ubuntu users. Rather than read the reams and pages of information, sometimes conflicting, to solve pulseaudio and ubuntu problems, I would rather avoid it altogether. This is why I am posing my question here.
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