Hi guys, as you can tell.. I'm a bit of a linux newbie.. well, I've been using it for a year but haven't delved into it as deep as I'd like. Anyway, unfortunately I purchased this computer with an X-Fi sound card, which has FINALLY gotten some beta support in OSS 4.1015. Now my problem is... I don't know how to find out when distributions will be shipping this version, if at all. From what I can see, ALSA is replacing OSS and has support for pretty much everything OSS previously supported.. so I was hoping someone'd be able to help me understand all this and get a simple answer to the question of when I could finally hear anything in linux out of this damn card.

Oh and if the answer is 'in a long time', is it simple to get the latest OSS drivers going yourself? On say, some *buntu derivative?