For me, It looks like they doesn't do that already but complaining about Linux engineering benefit/budget bla bla. It's ironic that company like AMD talking about hiring "a half dozen" engineer at a year since there are much work are waiting...
I wish they fix their linux drivers soon. If they don't, I (we) will fix it simply by choosing another brand on next GPU shopping.
I'd love to use the open source drivers and cannot because of missing power management, but I don't find fglrx to be that bad. My E-350 APU is running fglrx on Ubuntu 12.04 without any problems at all. Also I watch videos with XBMC-XvBA (UVD3).
We did hire two additional engineers to work on the open source drivers last year as you know.
Bigger question, what happened to the whole "if only AMD would provide basic programming info the community would take care of writing open source drivers" idea ? That was what everyone was saying at the start of the project, not "let's blame AMD for not writing the whole open source driver themselves".
If you have a suggestion for setting up an external fund that doesn't involve us turning our developers into fundraisers or redirecting our own funding that's fine, but I haven't heard anything like that yet.
I find that strange too. But even pathscale did it. If I were a company who wants to do some open source GPGPU what would I take? The hardware from the company that provides no documentation and a vendor specific API or the hardware from the company that provides documentation, official support, even pays some people to develop the driver, and an open standard that is supported on most graphics hardware?
... And thus it got to be a fork of nouveau using cuda.