What bothers me about the company:
1) Too little resources dedicated to the betterment of the Linux ATI drivers (and everything that flows from that). E.g. we might be waiting another year or two for something simple to be fixed or added to the drivers.
2) ATI is primarily concerned and focussed on companies rather than desktop users like myself. E.g. things get fixed or added that desktop users are not even interested in. Looking at the driver "changelog" causes depression each month. Can you honestly tell me that when you look at the changelog from a desktop users POV it will not make you sigh?
What bothers me about the drivers:
1) The desktop experience is below standard. I don't know if you've tried the open-source drivers or the nvidia drivers, but if you try, you'll get what I mean.
2) The driver advances at turtle speed (not ninja turtles, the real ones -> also on land, not in the water )
If it's about saving cost, do you think it would bother a windows user that he will not get a new driver a few months? Practically all windows users use the pathetic drivers that came with their PC/laptop when it was installed. They never ever go check for new drivers, they couldn't care less. Compare this to a Linux user who will tell you exactly at what version a certain driver or program is currently (of the stuff he uses). How about ATI put 80% of their employees on helping the ATI linux drivers for a month or two, when the drivers [I bet the Linux and win drivers are practically the same anyway, at least that is what NVIDIA claims about their drivers] work similarly to the NVIDIA drivers, then go back to the 3% resource you probably dedicate now and we can live with slow development, since its at a good position anyway.
I found the open source drivers to provide a desktop experience that I like on my ATI 4570. Everything reacts visually fast, I don't corrupt stuff now and then. What I don't like about the open source drivers:
1) My laptop becomes hot and the vent goes crazy. I guess it has to do with power control. Honestly it makes me scared for my laptop.
2) While I am not a gamer, I don't like it that if I do want to game, it doesn't work, or not good enough.
I buy a new laptop every six months really, and it has always been an ATI one. Six months ago I replaced my desktop GFX with NVIDIA, and now I don't plan to buy a laptop with ATI anymore either.