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Creative sucks no matter what this driver has to offer cause they never gave us not even one closed source driver for any of their cards...
And also not opensourced a word of information about them.
And now they give out a closed 64 bit driver that cannot compile with GCC 4... You need more than that?
If I buy an X Fi and upgrade my current Audigy one how am I supposed to hear a note from it?
Still my Audigy after all those years cannot playback 24bit/96Khz sound under Linux and not to say about EAX effects...they just don't exist.
I use openSuSE 10.2 32 bit and it is shipped with GCC 4.1! And openSuSE 10.3 has even higher GCC version.
Should I downgrade to SuSE 9 in order to use it?? I don't think so...
Actually the excellent support EMU10K1 and previous AWE and 16-bit cards have is because Creative released their specs (at least part of them, withsample code for the EMU10K1, previously they had a closed source driver for Live! cards too). Why didn't they do it again, is beyond me. I can only think of "too much third party IP" involved in the X-Fi.
Well, you can mucker all you want about GCC 4. Fact of the matter is, Creative is building Linux drivers. We've all assaulted ATi for stupid drivers, but at least they came out with Linux drivers. Recognizing there's a Linux user base is the first step to having improved support. So, GCC 4 vs GCC 3... that nitpicking is something I can gloss over. I do hope Creative releases a 32-bit version too.
Should be interesting to see how these drivers perform.
GCC 4 Vs 3 is an issue, unless you plan to build and run the driver in a distro like RHEL 3 or 4, SuSE 9.x and the like, which are based around GCC 3.2 and 3.4. Any recent distro is out of luck (sure, you can install the compat GCC34 and GCC32 packages for distros like Fedora to force use of GCC 3.2 and 3.4, but not many other distros offer such "facilities").