audio card

I need a new sound card (because the C-Media CMI8738 I have sucks). What's a good/cheap card with coaxial S/PDIF output that is well supported by Alsa and/or Fedora Core 3 these days?

(Am I correct in believing that coaxial S/PDIF sucks less than optical? I seem to recall reading that optical cables are not to be trusted.)

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black lung is sexy!

Model miners: I saw this thing on tv the other day, and I did not expect the total lack of punchline. I thought it was an ad for soap or jeans, but actually it's a GE ad about the ecological benefits of coal mining! Is this irony? I can't even tell any more. It's like a propaganda version of that Benny Benassi "Satisfaction" video.
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