Some people can't be satisfied.
...and Yes, amd/ati used to suck, I know cause the last time I tried them a year ago, they were crap.
This time, I decided to give it another try, like I had a choice?, on my spanking new Asus K75DE Notebook (AMD Fusion A10-4600M / AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
-simply because for even any semi-serious 3D/Gaming "Nvidia Optimus / IntelHD" is just plain caca on any notebook for LINUX these days !
Seriously, my good old Dell M90 Laptop finally bit the dust, and since I did NOT want to jump into the "Nvidia Optimess Hamster Wheel", (or playing around with stUMBLEBEE), I smartly decided to swing over to a new (and surprisingly cheap), AMD Fusion notebook. I admit though, that since I mostly use Linux, I was a little leary that I might end up with a $700 (cdn) book-end.
So, that said, I'm very happy with amd's latest Catalyst, running UbuntuStudio 12.10-amd64, and (latest)Arch-x86_64 with latest catalyst drivers.
I initially thought I would be stuck with Windows 8 (YUK!), and a "VESA" Linux only, on this new puppy.
But nope, was I ever wrong, everything, and I do mean "everything" works great, OOB, for me.
Finally, the (latest) Catalyst is a welcome upgrade/update to the "xf86-video-ati".
Maybe it's because I haven't touched an amd/ati product in over a year, but now, I see a GRAND improvement.
I just hope and pray that AMD keeps it up, and better, ..., for Linux.
... Nvidia xxxm what ?, Optimess who?, in Linux ???!!! -wtf is that in a notebook these days. ? -Lol.
Now, I'm off to experiment with some other Linux Distro's, on this "AMD Fusion" notebook.