i'm not even touching this one. this will be one fglrx release i won't even bother to download.
i'm happy with opensource x300 driver right now. and judging how the things are - that won't change anytime soon.
personally i believe ati should time their linux driver cycle to kernel/x.org releases (or mostly x.org, since there are usually minor patches needed to make kernel part work between new versions) and keep working on the driver in the meantime, releasing just bugfixes. early and often.
i think we would greatly benefit from this. linux is not a stable-api-land like windows is.
All the fglrx flaming is ok and to be honest I love reading your posts yoshi314, because I am always laughing about them and always imagine a poor driver developer at AMD that likes his work, but that has found and read your posts :P Keep 'em coming!
But: since 8.30, fglrx' stability has been improving for me. I had many crashes when playing games for 5 minutes, shutdown crashes, Xserver restart crashes, idle crashes, VT console switch crashes, crashes, crashes, video playback issues, crashes and colour problems, AMDCCCLE didn't start up, ... all that has been fixed in the latest versions for me, so I only get poor performance, poor wine game support and no AIGLX, but the driver itself is really getting better.