Why have so many distros forced PulseAudio on the end user? PA isn't a neat feature, it's a CPU-hogging(*), irrelevant bug - and it has been deployed before it is even properly working! We have Alsa with dmix now, and that should be enough to totally obsolete the concept of a "sound server".
With PA, my 1GHz Mini-itx box goes from being about able to play DVDs, to unable to work without chronic skipping. PA wastes 30% of the CPU, to achieve nothing!
I can see how network-transparent sound can sometimes be useful, as can the ability to multiplex soundcards together. But for the common case (of allowing multiple apps to be mixed in software so that all can share the soundcard, without blocking each other), plain ALSA/dmix is sufficient.