"Months after the sound cards launched there was word
from Creative Labs that they would provide a Linux driver complete
with support for ALSA and OpenAL with EAX.
"Months later when this binary X-Fi driver was supposed to be
released, Creative Labs mentioned that Vista made them dupe Linux
since it took more resources to get the X-Fi driver up and running
on Microsoft Windows Vista than they realized and so their Linux
development efforts suffered as a result. Later that year they
released a Linux X-Fi driver that was not only months late but it
only supported 64-bit Linux and had other issues too. Their first
Linux driver release was in September of 2007 and then in April
2008 they released another Linux driver. This driver did contain
32-bit support, but wasn't close to being bug free."