Sound control on minimal setups
“So K.Mandla,” you say. “Those minimal setups are nifty, but where is the volume control?”
Ah, grasshopper. Watch closely.
Ubuntu installs alsa-base and alsa-utils by default (as part of ubuntu-minimal), and provided you didn’t rip them out when you built your minimal system, you still have a nifty ncurses application for modifying sound settings: alsamixer.
Start a terminal and type in alsamixer and you get this: