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Gabe Talks More About Valve's Next-Gen Linux Console
The difference is that a userspace driver actually works but no one cares to fix the kernel driver.
Lack of interest. Note how a horde of kernel devs rush to the rescue when a "regression" is spotted that makes PostgreSQL run queries 24 nanoseconds slower on some 200-disk RAID cluster running on a 64 CPUs 12 cores each setup.
Linux is not run by people who care about video games.
Oh, so you raised a bug and they told you they've replicated your issue but just don't care?
Maybe the difference is people running PostgreSQL, of which there are probably many more of, actually play their part in the community.