well ok .. i only meant to start this thread because i feared development on open source drivers for r300-r500 chips had pretty much went as far as developers wanted it to go..
i'll check my 'stack' as some of you have suggested, but afaik everything is up to date .. and from the few benchmarks i can run & from general overall experience & feel, the classic dri option is still faster & snappier than dri2 with kms.
i guess it's a good thing amd decided to open source it's development for anyone who bought a laptop / card from 2009 and after .. because for all the time it took to get these drivers in acceptable working condition, my hardware really is starting to feel deprecated ... .... ... (even though the best driver avaible to date doesnt fully exploit it ?!) ..