Every card has a SN, this SN alone + small booklet or even mention on AMD/ATI website is absolutely enough! After purchasing hardware people will logon there and put their card in database, they only need a SN and driver type, nothing more. No one buys cards everyday, it would be so much helpful! And PPd compressed DB does not waste any hw resources past 30$ harddrive, nor it exposes private information.
TO WRITE WINDOWS DRIVERS/SUPPORT.
By buying AMD card - you are paying windows crew in windows driver. Each card you buy - more you support it. There is zero difference, if you don't buy it. Unless you are learning gfx hardware developer... no, not on linux, not necessary.
A lot of normal non-technical people (huge amount) with money are interested in linux and want benefits of opensource. Forget that.
You need to subconsciously preinstall OS on all boxes and put labels everywhere, ban developers not behaving to the policy to achieve "behave or die" state - and you make it "popular".
You need to start a cheap (as in essence) zen-clone cult with white, rounded corners, cultists wearing blue jeans. And you make that OS somehow popular too.
But what about people with brains. People that want their money to be put where they want change. To push, instead of being pulled. To receive what they expect for money, where money does make sense? Are they all technical gfx hardware developers?
Right now, the message that I hear is "License our crappy corrupted piece of junk for extra high price at no reason" or an AMD offer - "Build your own car, all by yourself - with help of your buds+beer - AMD will provide you with bolts and 3K pages of documentation".
"What? You are not interested in receiving bolts and docs for free? You actually want to buy AMD hardware? Ok, do what you want, but know that your money will go into support of crappy corrupted piece of junk for extra high price, because we think... no, we are very sure you will want it... no, thats correct one - because you actually dont have neither choice, nor any of your money are are a driving force."