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    Phoronix: Creative Tries Again At Linux Drivers

    Next to drivers for graphics cards and (Atheros and Broadcom) wireless chipsets, the Creative Labs X-Fi series is one of the most complained about pieces of hardware for its Linux support or there the lack of. The Creative X-Fi sound card series is a few years old, but it wasn't until a few months ago that open and closed-source drivers started coming about for this hardware. However, this sound card has still been left in a sorry state, but this week Creative Labs has finally pushed out another Sound Blaster X-Fi Linux beta driver. But does this driver correct their wrong doings from the past?

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12231

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    the Creative Labs X-Fi series is one of the most complained about pieces of hardware for its Linux support or there the lack of
    or lack thereof.

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    It has the most ridicule package ever I've seen: a tar.bz2 inside a tar.gz

    So this is "Open Source" finally? Where's the "GPLv2 or later" license text in the code? I see a few details weren't so well explained in the news or maybe it's my inaccurate English :P

    If not (it seems they use a binary blob somewhere), I find the name of the side quite ironical. Where's that "Open Source"?

    What's so confidential about them in the source code? Being a bunch of incompetents with overpriced and underpowered hardware?

    It's legal using a binary blob with ALSA? I'm against binary drivers at all, don't understand why being permissive at them as they gives lots of problems to users and FOSS projects depending on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timofonic View Post
    It has the most ridicule package ever I've seen: a tar.bz2 inside a tar.gz

    So this is "Open Source" finally? Where's the "GPLv2 or later" license text in the code? I see a few details weren't so well explained in the news or maybe it's my inaccurate English :P
    These drivers are not GPL. You will have to wait for the native ALSA drivers for that or the OSS drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    These drivers are not GPL. You will have to wait for the native ALSA drivers for that or the OSS drivers.
    What's the point of duplicating the effort? Why not just making their developers work into the GPL ALSA drivers directly? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by timofonic View Post
    What's the point of duplicating the effort? Why not just making their developers work into the GPL ALSA drivers directly? :P
    It's because Creative wants to incorporate the EAX extensions into their drivers. the opensource drivers will not have that support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    It's because Creative wants to incorporate the EAX extensions into their drivers. the opensource drivers will not have that support.
    Why do they want to do that? What do they gain by not including EAX in the ALSA driver?

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    About time they released a 32 bit driver. Although, I see it has been a few weeks now. I wonder if my X-FI card will sound any different that my on-board Intel HD?

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    Well, I've got an Audigy 2 ZS, the sound is great, but is still a lot better under Linux with ALSA than it is with the original Creative Windows drivers, even when playing games

    But to be honest I consider buying the ASUS Xonar DX 7.1...

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    Well, I've got an Audigy 2 ZS, the sound is great, but is still a lot better under Linux with ALSA than it is with the original Creative Windows drivers, even when playing games

    But to be honest I consider buying the ASUS Xonar DX 7.1...

    Really? I got the Value version of the card (which is basically the same) and it sounds better under Windows (XP) than in Linux with ALSA. I'm no audiophile, but it seems to have much better bass and "richer" sound with the Creative driver.

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