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Re: Question about X-Fi cards and FC9 (or FC10 upcoming ...)



On Sunday 09 November 2008 17:10, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-11-09 at 07:01 -0800, Jim Hayward wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-11-03 at 20:44 +0200, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> > > Don't get the X-Fi.
> > >
> > > Long story short:
> > > Since the introduction of the X-Fi, Creative refused to release the
> > > specs of cards, claiming that it will release binary drivers ASAP.
> >
> > Just in case you missed it, "hell has frozen over" and Creative finally
> > appears to have come to their senses. Creative has released a GPL v2
> > licensed driver and the source code for their X-Fi cards. Hopefully this
> > will eventually lead to support for the X-Fi cards being added to ALSA.
> >
> > http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblast
> >er&thread.id=132288
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >  Jim H
>
> ... They must have heard my rant :)
>
> - Gilboa

Takashi Iwai, alsa developer, has been working on the driver for X-Fi cards 
for well over 2 weeks now, and with much success in getting these cards 
working. He doesn't have the X-Fi cards, but has been working with folks that 
do have them, and have been acting as testers for various patches that 
Takashi has suggested as trials for resolving problems with the card. All in 
all there has been much success in getting the X-Fi cards to work.

The thread on the alsa development list started on 2008-10-11 (probably before 
that). See link below to access the alsa development archives.

  http://mailman.alsa-project.org/mailman/listinfo/alsa-devel

You have to wonder if Creative folks have been viewing the posts to the 
alsa-devel list, and because of what they've seen there, have decided to 
release the driver, along with the source code.

Just some observations.

Nigel.



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