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  • Creative Gives In, They Open-Source Their X-Fi Driver

    Phoronix: Creative Gives In, They Open-Source Their X-Fi Driver

    The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card driver for Linux from Creative Labs was awful. That's simply the nicest way to put it. The driver was home to many bugs, initially only supported 64-bit Linux, and it was arriving extremely late. The open-source drivers supporting the Creative X-Fi drivers have also been at a stand still. However, Creative Labs today has finally turned this situation around and they have open-sourced the code to this notorious driver. The source-code for the Creative X-Fi driver is now licensed under the GNU GPLv2.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13083

  • #2
    As you English native speaker say: Hell is frozen over!
    Now the other 3 nearly impossible launches are waiting:
    UT3,DNF, Steam.

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    • #3
      Finally !!!

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      • #4
        we're all better off sticking with the oxygen powered sound cards.

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        • #5
          OMG! Finally i can install eg. Ubuntu to my Game-PC...

          Hope this will go quickly to ALSA...

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          • #6
            Am I still dreaming? Creative for the win! (finally)

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            • #7
              Are there ANY information if they will release specs, or whatever, for the I/O Modules?

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              • #8
                Creative's not making money anyway, so they don't have much to lose. At least this makes their fanboys happy. I can't believe how many Linux users own X-fi's, considering how horrible the support is, but apparently some people are happy making ill-informed purchases and being brand slaves.

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                • #9
                  I wish I hadn't bought this stupid soundcard two years ago. I did know it was supposed to be a linux machine, but since I had such good experiences with linux hardware support, I figured I wouldn't have any problems.

                  So of course I buy an ATI graphics card and a Creative X-Fi.... oh brother.

                  Things have finally shaped up though. I now have 100% open source drivers running on my system.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DanL View Post
                    Creative's not making money anyway, so they don't have much to lose. At least this makes their fanboys happy. I can't believe how many Linux users own X-fi's, considering how horrible the support is, but apparently some people are happy making ill-informed purchases and being brand slaves.
                    Come on, everbody has a litte masochist inside himself

                    Well, I do not own a X-Fi but back in early 2004 I was impressed by the Audigy2 cards. Today I think a onboard card, like an ALC888, is sufficient. X-Fi makes sense if you are a (hardcore)gamer under Windows.

                    But I still love those I/O hubs ^^

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