Folks! Would you kindly compare these two webpages?
(It gives me the nostalgia to see the red fields.)
This is the free driver today:
Check it out. Lots of green and much longer list, even new generations of hardware in there.
I always considered it to be a lengthy way until the free driver was ready. Because it is actually a lot of work to build something from scratch. But it is a good one for a long time already and still getting better.
If somebody is not satisfied with anything in terms of features or general development speed, you can
a) use fglrx
b) contribute to development (the specs are open)
c) if you actually found a bug, write a bug report and try to include necessary info so the devs can do something about it
d) or use nvidia and find things to complain about over there.
In the beginning there was radeonHD which was in the early stage not much more than a VESA driver. Even scrolling was jerky and there was no PM. Today things are smooth, windows are wobbling, cubes are turning, we have dpm, and (if I find the time) I can even play games.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!