Wishful thinking? Perhaps. What Henri Richard apparently said was that AMD/ATI would improve relations with the community. Dave Airlie doesn't seem completely convinced:
So a marketing dude said something about open drivers for AMD/ATI gpus and working with the community.
Can people get excited when AMD/ATI actually do something rather than showboat for media headlines?
Like ATI won't let me release my r500 source because I shouldn't have used a utility they gave me under NDA on those cards, now the thing is I done the correct thing and contacted them asking if I could release the code, so far this has just been stonewalled by their Linux driver management and their "legal" department, this isn't the action of a company trying to interact with the community or one that gives a rats arse about community..
I don't know for sure, but Henri Richard's e-mail address might be email@example.com. If AMD is indeed interested in improving relations with the community, perhaps we should e-mail them asking for them to clear the release of Dave Airlie's r500 source?