It doesn't require Kernel patches, and is more modular and newer(bootsplash is abandoned)
IMO they should've fixed up splashy instead of many yet-another boot splash app.
The reason it CAN'T be done with packages is it requires modifying initrd/initramfs, that is a crucial part of the system and it also requires(most likely) modifying /etc/init.d(or rc.d) scripts
radeon.modeset=1 on the kernel command line shuold enable it on r100/r200 at the expense of 3D.
Originally Posted by gQuigs
its a bit messy, the libdrm has diverged a bit from the kernel, so using the patches from Fedora probably makes more sense until we line it all up again.
Originally Posted by fat_chris
the -ati and kernel bits should be fine, its just libdrm that got diverged.