8.41 works for me (x1400, Core2Duo Lenovo Z61m, 2GB RAM, Gentoo 64-Bit, 2.6.22), and it IS faster with everything I tested so far:
- glxgears (~3100 FPS -> ~4200 FPS)
- fgl_fglxgears (~590 -> ~910 FPS)
- UT2004 Benchmark (50 FPS -> 75 FPS)
- blender (1300 iterations -> 1690 iterations)
- SecondLife ("KTris drawn/sec" ~2100 -> ~3300), plus VBO working, plus no more "1 frame per 5 seconds" when "GL mem" alloc grows bigger than half the phys. video ram size (128 MB, before SL had to be set to 64 MB to work at all), plus no more "turning lag"
- xv works (but not tested on TV-Out yet)
New problems so far:
- Had one "black screen" when switching consoles
- some glesx error when terminating X
- SL does not work in fullscreen anymore
I do not understand all that bashing done here. It was clear to me that 8.41 would be some kind of "beta" quality, because the code actually started to change. But the performance indicates those are *good* changes.
Sadly, setting up 3D on linux is not always easy currently (look at all those "No DRI here" threads everywhere), but there are many possible reasons other than the actual "driver" for this (e.g. with 8.40 I got only half of the "max LFB" as "free LFB" until I removed the "FSAASize"-setting from /etc/ati/admpcsdb)
So, I wonder if some problems discussed here are system / configuration related. I currently have NO special settings in xorg.conf, and a really "bare bones" amdpcsdb, and the system works (has bugs, but works).
So, for me 8.41 is BETTER than 8.40 (performance), and I think 8.42 will be BETTER than 8.41 (bugs, features). And there are open specs now. Things *are* getting better ;-)