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X-Fi Driver Goes Linux Open Source
 
Creative Technologies has a fairly long history of what users call terrible driver support, most notably with the Linux platform. Creative has been promising Linux drivers for a couple years now.  After a number of messy releases, their work was unfortunately delayed with the advent of Windows Vista.
 
Well now it seems things might be changing.  Creative has just posted an official X-Fi source release driver for the Linux 32- and 64-bit platforms that is licensed under the GNU GPLv2.
 
This download is a source release driver providing Linux® 32-bit / 64-bit OS support for Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ and X-Fi Titanium series of audio devices. For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

Take note of the following:
* We recommend that only experienced users install this driver. Do not install this driver on a system used to perform critical tasks.

This download is intended for the following audio devices only:
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty® Champion Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
* Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic

Current release features:
* ALSA PCM Playback
* ALSA Record
* ALSA Mixer

Known issues:
* External I/O modules are not supported in this driver release.
* Applications from the Installation CD of your Sound Blaster audio device will not work with this driver.

Requirements:
* Linux x86 / x86_64 OS
* Creative Sound Blaster audio devices listed above

Notes:
* To install the driver, do the following:
1. Download the tarball package onto your local hard disk.
2. Un-tarball the downloaded package to unpack its contents.
3. Read the README file and follow the instructions.
 
Driver Download Page
Official Discussion Thread
 
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