ATI support in Linux is AWFUL! You're screwed if you have ATI hardware. If you have a desktop though, at least you can get out of the predicament. But, if you have a laptop, you are royally screwed.
ATI can't even support the older cards so you have owners of GeForce 6200 cards, for e.g., having better support and better features (plus less problems) than newer ATI hardware (which can't work).
I understand that a troll might be fealing a bit excited after just getting out from under the bridge but could you please come to your sense in some other way than talking utter silliness on the section for opensource drivers which do support older hardware too.