why is sound-setup in linux such a mess ?

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http://crunchbanglinux.org – what the heck are the benefits of PULSEAUDIO, besides often creating stuttering output ?isn't ALSA all we need ? and what is OSS good for ?and why on earth do we have 7 trillions of volume level sliders within linux ?why is there not a simple >ONE< place to go for volume settings and sound devices ?and while we're at it, why is there no clean definition in naming applications accordingly ?Xfce volume daemon - refers to sound settingsXfce volstatus - refers to data storage volumes    <=   i spare to comment on that naming conventionsorry, this had to be ad (HowTos)