After Creative Labs Duped Linux For Vista
, it was just a year ago that they had released their X-Fi Linux driver
. That initial driver in 2007 had only supported 64-bit Linux
, wasn't targeted at newer versions of GCC
, and had a whole host of other problems. This past April they then tried again at X-Fi Linux drivers
and this time managed to deliver 32-bit and GCC 4.x support. Since then though no new binary drivers have appeared and a year later we remain with only a half-functioning beta driver.
This driver released back in April was certainly a step forward, but it goes without S/PDIF pass-through support, no external I/O modules support, and contains a number of bugs. To this day there are still a number of known issues
including build failures, bad installations, incompatibilities with newer versions of the Linux kernel, and even the driver killing the X server
. Creative Labs has yet to provide any word on when a new beta (or official) driver may appear.
The open-source outlook for the Creative X-Fi sound cards also remains bleak. We were excited when 4Front Technologies had added X-Fi support to OSS
(the Open Sound System) earlier this year thanks to header files and other documentation provided by Creative
. Since then though there hasn't been any major advancements. Any day now will be the release of ALSA 1.0.18
and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture has no form of Creative X-Fi support at this time.
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