Re: Is there a company that makes Linux drivers for their soundcards?
From: Clemens Ladisch (clemens_at_ladisch.de)
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 10:54:06 +0200
> I want to buy a soundcard to use it under Linux (preferably Debian).
> I want this card to support EAX (preferably EAX 4.0).
EAX is an algorithm patented by Creative. Most Windows sound card
drivers that support it implement it in software. Some cards from
Creative can do it in hardware, but many of the latest Creative cards
don't have a DSP, either.
Due to the patents, no linux driver supports EAX.
> In order to support Linux OS I want to buy a soundcard from a company
> which makes Linux drivers for their soundcards and puts them in the package
> together with Windows drivers - it isn't ashamed of Linux drivers like for
> example Creative Technology is. Is there such a company?
It wouldn't be feasible to ship Linux drivers with the card because
the kernel internals change too often.
Many sound cards use chips that already are supported by a driver in
the kernel. Some companies (e.g. Hoontech) mention this in their
Some companies have written Linux drivers that are now in the kernel
(Advanced Micro Peripherals, ALi, AudioScience, Digigram, RealTek,
Trident, and Wolfson).