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    Phoronix: Creative Labs Continues To Shaft Linux

    It has been a while since last mentioning the Creative X-Fi sound cards at Phoronix, but it's not because the Linux support is all nice and working now that Creative open-sourced their X-Fi driver, but rather things have stalled. The X-Fi sound cards still are a sore spot on Linux and there isn't "out of the box" support in major Linux distributions. First, however, it's important to note how the situation evolved into Creative open-sourcing their binary Sound Blaster X-Fi driver.....

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE2Ng

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    When I bought my new system earlier this year, I didn't know whether to stick with the Realtek ALC888 on my motherboard or buy a Creative X-Fi Titanium (I had a Creative Audigy 2 ZS before and loved it). Well, I chose to stick with the onboard chip and it really was the right decision! Realtek has great driver support!

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    From his eMail...
    [...] Try to shout loudly on any (Creative) forums so that they could hear
    user's voice... I'm still waiting for any contacts from them.


    thanks,

    Takashi
    Don't even try to use a bugmenot account there, you will be banned. :/

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    Creative will change their ways when they are entirely and completely alone with their poorly supported hardware. This day is coming soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugmenot View Post
    Don't even try to use a bugmenot account there, you will be banned. :/
    That's because of the massive amount of people that used a bugmenot account to flame Creative after they handed out a DMCA takedown notice to the guy that made their Windows driver work.

    It is not just Linux people that have gotten the shaft from Creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugmenot View Post
    From his eMail...
    Don't even try to use a bugmenot account there, you will be banned. :/
    I am sure they have a lot of trolls there who are quite vocal

    I still own an SBLive 5.1 card, but recently replaced it with a Turtle beach one.
    Last edited by DeepDayze; 03-27-2009 at 05:46 PM.

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    I have an X-Fi Elite Pro and I use the I/O console. My headphones are connected to the console and the console's connected to the sound card. Does that "no support for the I/O console" mean I absolutely can not get the sound through? I'd hate to have to plug the headphones directly to the sound card. (I'd have to use an adapter to make the normal plug in Sennheiser HD 555 to a mini plug.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keefa View Post
    I have an X-Fi Elite Pro and I use the I/O console. My headphones are connected to the console and the console's connected to the sound card. Does that "no support for the I/O console" mean I absolutely can not get the sound through? I'd hate to have to plug the headphones directly to the sound card. (I'd have to use an adapter to make the normal plug in Sennheiser HD 555 to a mini plug.)
    Exactly, I doubt there will ever be support for i/o consoles.

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    Isn't the code they have released so far enough to make a working driver? If so, why haven't we seen an ALSA driver yet?

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    Isn't one of the core strengths of open source software supposed to be that unmaintained or legacy code can be given a new lease of life because anyone is free to come along and pick it up?

    Sure, Creative aren't actively helping this get fixed, but hasn't releasing the source code that they had enabled the open source community to fix their crap?

    Or is fixing their code impossible without further documentation?

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