“The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card driver for Linux from Creative Labs was awful. That’s simply the nicest way to put it. The driver was home to many bugs, initially only supported 64-bit Linux, and it was arriving extremely late. The open-source drivers supporting the Creative X-Fi drivers have also been at a stand still. However, Creative Labs today has finally turned this situation around and they have open-sourced the code to this notorious driver. The source-code for the Creative X-Fi driver is now licensed under the GNU GPLv2.”
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense. With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers. It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time. Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. Phoronix is on top of it.