I have recently heard someone cursing Canonical for not implementing the highly acclaimed PulseAudio volume control into the new Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) operating system, a function that exists in the newly released Mandriva 2009.1 (Spring) distribution. First, let me tell you what the PulseAudio volume control can offer. Except for the fact it is much better than the old ALSA or OSS sound servers, it will offer you the ability to individually control the volume of each running application that uses the sound server, including web-based ones, such as flash players (YouTube, Google Videos, etc). So, as usual, I thought this would be an easy-to-achieve task and I've created the following guide, which will teach you how to replace the default volume control in Ubuntu 9.04 with PulseAudio's smarter one, in only five minutes!
This is how the volume control looks like in a default installation of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)...
How to Replace the Volume Control in Ubuntu 9.04
...with the PulseAudio one
PulseAudio volume control, allowing you to individually control the volume of different applications
... so hot right now