I'm a gamer, it is the only reason I still use Windows.
I have planned to use in my next computer Ubuntu with KVM for windows games instead of a native windows installation, and play opengl games under Linux when its FPS would be similar, at least 90% of performance.
I would like to read this kind of comparations.
Vista, XP, Mac, Vista, XP with KVM - and Xen-, Linux, and Mac, for opengl.
And XP Vista with KVM, Xen, and Paralelis for directx games.
Movies are definitely playable with this driver. Just use the Xv output, and you get nice, smoothly scaled textured video. Most of the stability issues have been resolved (I'm still having problems, but that's probably because my motherboard's dying.)
Not bad for the first try. Did not expect it yet, but nice to see. I do not own R500 (nor R600) to try this, but for some basic uses fglrx will be soon obsolete like compiz. I would compare it against Intel G33/G35 however when you start benchmarking after the rendering problems got fixed. One huge problem with Intel onboard is the missing GLSL support (somebody mentioned that it could work with 965G but can not verify this).
IMO, fglrx is already obsolete. Can I ask what you mean about compiz becoming obsolete? is there something better coming?
speaking of ttm/gem, is there already a favourite? as far as i know, gem seems to be a kinde of a "fork" of ttm made by intel?! both inside the kernel don't make sense for me... nouveau & radeonhd are going to use ttm nevertheless, aren't they?!