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Hopefully all the awful bugs of the 9.3 catalyst linux driver are fixed. Especially this horrible problem when a HD TV is plugged into the graphics card via HDMI ... The whole X-Server crashes when using 9.3 or earlier releases.
Moreover this terrible tearing is starting to get on my nerves. Hopefully also that is fixed.
The tearing with Xv has already been explained. Don't remember the details (if you search for it on the forums it should pop up) but it has something to do with the overlay block being on the 3D engine which does not provide vsync functionality for Xv. The workaround would have to be implemented in the driver itself which I guess is harder than it seems. I could be remembering things wrong thought.