Daniel Kawakami has posted a farewell to the Creative Labs community. In his post on the Creative Labs Forums, he elaborates further on the purposely disabled driver features.
My goodbye message to all supporters with some clarification and my legacy
Unfortunately, the situation did not change for us.They did say an updated Audigy driver would eventually be released, but don’t be optimistic about it (their priority is the launch of X-Fi 2).What I can say for sure is the features I’ve enabled will not be made available in an official driver update.Although I still have my doubts, they’ve said I would not be threatened if I provided patches instead of the actual binaries, because of licensed technologies built into them (Dolby/DTS).While this could even be true, most of the disabled features are Creative’s own technologies, which means they’ve disabled them on their own choice.That’s funny when people think you are an idiot.They were after me and, on a chat session, they asked me what I’d like from them, as if I were expecting something.They’ve promised me a free X-Fi 2, but I told them it was not necessary, because I was getting a couple of cards from other companies that contacted me.
Well, at least they are getting flammed all over the web and they are certainly mad about it and I could feel it while chatting with them. That is an enough reward for my hard work.
I’m not releasing a patch to enable DDL on any X-Fi neither Crystalizer for Audigy because, as they’ve pointed out to me, providing an alternative for their customers is good for them and increase their sales, specially when someone is doing it for free. Given the current situation, I cannot let this happen.
I just hope their competitor companies do something about it.
And I really hope people don’t forget this.
Thank you very much for your support and your donations.
Below are the links for my drivers, beware where you download them from, I’ll add CRC32, MD5 and SHA-1 hashes to all files:
I really felt sad as I was reading through it. Daniel has helped thousands of people world-wide. Then I reached “I just hope their competitor companies do something about it” part. Now that part sounds promising.
A sad day indeed. We’re on our own now guys.
To be continued…
“We Need You daniel_K”.