I've more sympathy for your work on the AMD Gallium driver - which has seen great improvements over the past ~5 years. Compare this then to the work on Catalyst (or should I say lack of work perhaps)... When I play STALKER : SOC (via Wine) on Gallium the FPS is very low - but there no rendering anomalies. Catalyst 13.1 struggles with some of the more advanced lighting effects in recent mods (as have all previous versions) - big jagged black lines coming down from the heavens, glitched shadows, etc.... Glitches that aren't present (naturally) when I use an Nvidia GPU...
(Sighes) Goes back to Windows 7 for gaming on my laptop with an AMD (Radeon 4650M) GPU... Sadly AMD don't appear to be able to produce a fully working Linux driver for this chip (either closed or open -source)...
P.D: Note this has nothing to do with you personally bridgman, because I know you are doing the best you can.
I for one am thankful that the OSS driver exists and do not wish to see it go. (Though I do agree that the power management needs to come along soon. (At least documentation at the very minimum, even if no code is released) Too long is too long.)
Once you release OpenCL and powersaving support, open drivers will be almost perfect, they will only need optimisations.
In fact, when fully working dynamic powersaving is released, I bet most moaners will stop hating and love the drivers.
Folks, did anybody notice that this thread should be about a CPU feature (one that sounds quite interesting if done right)?
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!