look m12 devs - do we need a drivers work-around cheat sheet for running an ati vid card w/m12? right now, m12 pretty much suks if it won't behave with the gajillions of ati cards out there in linux land. if ati vids were a known problem, the m12 public offering should have been delayed until the fixes were in. yeesh.
I am not sure how long you a have been a linux user. Seems that you haven't followed the history of ATI and Linux. Aside from the earlier versions of Linux and its kernel with ATI cards (ex. ATI Rage series cards) with Simply put they have never made reliable drivers up until late. Nvidia has had some practice and a head start with the 3d drivers for Linux - even though ATI has been around longer - that should tell you something right there. In anycase - the drivers issues have nothing to do with Linux Mint 12, it has to do with a company afraid of their precious IP (intellectual property and trade secrets) getting out to the masses and cost of doing business in spending development time to fix the ongoing issues of their Linux driver issues.
The Mint team is at the mercy of ATI's driver development team.. not the other way around. This is due to the IP and trade secrets. Otherwise the opensource community would code changes immediately with out all the headaches of trial and error and recoding items.
Feel free to go to ATI and get a job on the development team to help speed up the process of a fix on 3D issues on ATI HD cards. with Gnome 3.
I understand your frustrations with having graphical issues on the desktop, but point them at the true guilty party - ATI dev's. I own a ATI 5770 RD card and it has major issues with Gome 3 desktop and ATI Catalyst drivers as well. Fortunately I am aware of the challenges the Opensource community faces with such proprietary drivers - once again due to the Intellectual property and drivers sherades.
I am not even a developer, and I thought your complaint was rather off base and rude. I would also guess you don't donate and with all of that - I am surprised you dared to open your mouth to lash out at the dev's about your problem when you are more then likely using Linux Mint 12 for free. Have some respect please and try to understand the developers do their best for this distro. There are outside influences beyond their control that can cause problems externally. The best thing you can do is to support Linux Mint Dev's by going to ATI and file a trouble ticket for ATI Catalyst drivers for Linux and Gnome 3 - and add the distro as Linux Mint.
I hope that ATI support fixes the direct issues in their proprietary drivers for Gnome 3 and the drivers receive complete fixes. But until then I must wait just like everyone else with out pointing the fingers at Mint Dev's.
Let's hope ATI gets busy and fixes it soon!