This isn't any new news to users of ATI cards under linux. In fact this topic has been done to death. It's been the same way with the last three generations of ATI high end cards. Having spoken to at least one of the ATI developers for linux. I know that they are in fact working on improving the drivers overall as they can. However, when you consider that the ratio is 30:1 or so for windows to linux developers in that house. Its a bit disparaging to know that. There is however a good thing that has been around for a while. There are two open source projects for the older ATI cards (still means you are stuck with non accelerated rendering) of the r250 and r300, located at r250.sourceforge.net and r300.sourceforge.net respectively. This is why its always important to do your research when buying hardware that you want to use in linux. If you don't well you possibly are in the situation the writer of the article is in.