VMware designed this Gallium3D driver just for their own software stack, but this company that owns Tungsten Graphics is being good free software contributors with making this code open-source. Red Hat's David Airlie was playing with the vmwgfx KMS driver and in just a few hours managed to get the kernel mode-setting working using QEMU with the VMware SVGA graphics adapter.
With a very simple patch that goes against their vmwgfx kernel driver, David got the kernel mode-setting working for a console. This patch is to actually address bugs that David found within QEMU and the VMware kernel driver, which should go mainline with the Linux 2.6.33 kernel.
Read more on David Airlie's blog.