It is flatly not acceptable to ship drivers with the kinds of memory leaks that 8.11 shipped with, and the three previous versions shipped with. I don't care how "nice" they're being- it's NOT acceptable however you slice it. This is coming from a software engineer with over 20 years of industry experience.
that kind of approach is clearly unthinkable in windows world - simply remember what happened when nvidia released "vista ready" cards without having proper vista drivers for them. the way customers got pissed off is something that didn't happen among linux ati users...yet.