Heheh. Read my signature. I'm a fanboy and I know why whenever I read such messages.
While it is not perfect I never had a problem with the free drivers being somewhat behind, this is just the nature of things. Basically they are/were creating things from scratch and for a GPU driver this might take time. Esp. since it splits up in various parts and new GPUs come rather quickly. But as the codebase and experience grows things become faster. Now they just need more manpower and that "content mafia" (DRestrictionsM) stuff fixed.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!