These patent issues are just lame. I'd rather have a choice. Their free software driver is a few miles behind their closed source one for Windows.
It's sad but even the damn Apple products seem to best Xorg/GNU/Linux. I honestly don't mind running proprietary.
The only people that care otherwise is Stallman and a few handful of the developers working on the free software driver.
If 1% of the population of computer users care then what about the 99% that don't care?