It does not like my sound card and gets in the way.
i am guessing that this is "some kind" of laptop? or netbook ? or tablet ?
pulse is very mature now , unlike back in fedora 8( or was it 6 ?) when it was first introduced .
build LFS or a Slack build or Arch
include as much or as little as you want .
I have Arch running on a 11 year old desktop and it boots in 1/2 the time as a NEW 64 bit box with 8 gig ram running suse 11.3
Pulse audio also works fine on that box .