As the most people know, graphic driver packages for ATI and NVIDIA cards are provided for Fedora Core users from livna.org. But there were no updated drivers for the last kernel build, and I started to wonder.
Yesterday evening I had a bit time and had a look into it, and it turned out that the package maintainer of these drivers at livna.org stepped back for legal reasons: read here. To summarize it, the maintainer does not want to be involved with the illegal stuff around linking closed source software against a GPL kernel. This is illeagal, and therefore you cannot just provide such software in the web.
There are two good news news in this region, though: first of all Linux users have a real choice know in respect of graphic drivers: Intel released their graphic drivers as Open Source and is developing them as Open Source in the future. Therefore you can buy and run a computer with modern hardware and full 3D support – which only runs Open Source software!
This step is remarkable, and I really appreciate this. It is unclear at the moment if Nvidia or ATI will follow, but know it can be a question of the market.
The other good news is that the installation of ATIs binary drivers is very easy in these days: you just download the driver, run it in a terminal to build a set of rpm packages (it is done automatically), install it, restart (or load the modules by hand), and there you are. For some distributions the packages can even be build in a GUI, so some people will not see the terminal at all to build ATI drivers!
However, the first option is the preferred one: when I buy a new laptop somewhen in the future, it will have the newest Intel graphics chip – fully supported by every up2date linux distribution.