[ut2003io] optimized openal.so = more speed

Matthew Arnold marnold at EZ-NET.COM
Fri Oct 11 12:14:35 EDT 2002

Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 09:49:51 -0500
> # Because Creative has not come up with its own drivers nor have they 
> # released the specs on the emu10k1 chips so that the open source 
> # community can do it. They've been promising binary drivers for what 
> # seems like an eternity. Until they do one or they other, most of the
> # 
> # SoundBlaster Live/Audigy's power will lie untapped.
> Excuse me?  And Creative's emu10k1 sourceforge page is just a fake? 
> The "emu-tools" script that allows for digital out, rear channel,
> hardware surround sound, bass/treble mixer, thats all just a figment
> of my imagination?

I have used the open source driver and am aware of its capabilities. 
However, they do not have the full specs for the chips. There is no EAX 
support. Last I checked, there is no soundfont support either (although 
the ALSA drivers support this). Those drivers make the Live/Audigy 
usable, but certainly do not allow full use of the cards' abilities.

The original question I was replying to was "how good is hardware 
acceleration support in openal anyway?" My response was basically there 
is no hardware acceleration support in the available drivers. That is a 
true statement. If anyone knows of any drivers that provide acceleration 
and EAX support equal to the Windows versions, please let me know.

This isn't a rip on the emu10k1 Sourceforge developers who have done a 
great job despite the difficult situation they are in. It is a rip on 
Creative for not supporting their products. Of course, Creative is not 
alone in their dubious support for Linux.


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