I would hope that hardware isnt a factor in him discontinuing development - as have already been mentioned, i doubt it would be a problem to get hardware donations - i would personally gladly contribute some hardware or money to buy the hardware, should he decide to keep developing.
What I don't get is what the Novell developers are actually contributing to RadeonHD. I've been tracking the progress of RadeonHD for a couple of months now, and to me it looks like 99% of the code has been written by Alex Deucher.
I'm not sure the story is "over" for the RadeonHD driver. The information used by the developers is still available, and unless things have changed where AMD's not releasing any more information (a job headed internally by Mr. Bridgman I believe), the code documentation to build RadeonHD is still around.
I did however have an off-shoot idea. Via's been trying, albeit poorly, to establish a good direction in Open-Source development. I wonder if Via's thinking about hiring Luc on an official basis...
It's really a shame since radeonHD was so good and stable at what it was able to achieve. Best of luck Luc Verhaegen. As others have stated cash/and or hardware if you want it.
Question being why doesn't ATI just send out the hardware under NDA to such developers with a proven track record? They send tonnes of pre-release hardware to review sites why can't the same be done for the devels?