[alsa-devel] Will there ever be emu20k1/x-fi support in Alsa?

Brendan Pike spike at spykes.net
Mon Oct 6 03:59:27 CEST 2008

On Sun, 05 Oct 2008 18:14:43 -0500
"Ted T. Logian" <tedtheologian at gmail.com> wrote:

> I had to ask because oss4 has had emu20k1/x-fi support for a long time
> now.  However, it has the obvious limitations of oss4 and also you
> cannot use usb microphones, so I can't use skype which I'd really like
> to do.
> Any ideas? 

Yes, just pay James Courtier-Dutton a lot of money to write a driver. If
you're in the EMU or X-Fi camp, you should of moved on by now. Creative
are providing NDA'd specs to the wrong person at ALSA. (See EMU
0202/0404, and now X-Fi support)

Don't bother contacting him either, it goes straight to /dev/null.

Bottom line, if one can't write a driver or don't have time, don't
bother to NDA specifications okay? It just slows things down.

Furthermore Creative isn't going to pay someone to write a driver, so
its not going to happen for a very long time, unless they decide to
open the specs and stop the NDA junk.

Nobody with know-how has bothered to port the partially working oss4
driver to ALSA, so interest is quite low.

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