While the article was far from being propaganda
I'll make up my own mind, thank you very much.

Am I reading the article wrongly when all i notice is
"developers are saying that", while not taking any position, or
containing any response. Basically it's not even an errata, just another
viewpoint. (Hence i'm missing the point a bit, on making an article out of the forum thread)

For comparison, NVIDIA does not provide its GPU specifications to open-source developers, but they do provide an open-source 2D display driver. Intel provides open-source 3D display drivers,
I don't really believe too much in comparing, but is it just me who reads that as a comparison that makes ATI appear worst. The result of only releasing specs to a few under NDA, is a foss driver, only ati didn't have to pay for development.

On the other hand i'm very happy to learn about the RE driver for the r500, I'm sure it 'll pop on my radar when it's around. then perhaps finally..

but my next graphics card is an intel. I don't believe waiting for amd/ati is worth it at this point.