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ATI, haven't had a problem with drivers in 5 years, so I am lead to believe driver problems are mostly PEBKAC.
As of today and probably the next few months, (if not after) They have the most powerful single gpu card in the world.
They are usually price/performance, which makes them a better choice for me.
I'm using a 6850 now, and I love it. Pretty much all of my games can either be on high settings or maxed out at a good, 30+ framerate, and it was a pretty dang good price for the card. I've never had driver trouble (although i've only had the puter since Christmas), and it helps my gaming rig be a freaking awesome one. Look at my siggy for the specs.
AMD on the other hand has the current fastest single GPU.
AMD APU putting a good graphics chip with a ok CPU is doing good for them.
AMD also makes the Xbox 360 and 720 graphics chips and the Wii.
Actually has linux drivers that work.
The fermi arch is better at GPGPU computation then the VLIW4 arch. Tho GCN is a good compepitor but only 1 AMD card uses it atm.
Cuda but its being replaced by openCL for GPGPU computing.
Makes the GPU in the PS3.
I still have an ATI EGA Wonder. I think I used it for a day before swapping out for my Trident 8900c. I think my logic at the time was that it reminded me of the chewing gum. I never said it was sound logic. But it worked out because the 8900c was loads better and newer anyway. Needless to say Trident isn't exactly one of the big Video card vendors. I think they went belly-up quite a while ago, or got merged or something. Possibly with Wrigleys.
As for nowadays, I don't follow them. I'm not in the market for a graphics card so I really don't give a **** about them. I have found ATI's experience with drivers less than satisfactory, though I think they fixed the issue where it couldn't install until you forced the machine to boot using the "Standard PCI Graphics adapter Driver".
I'd have to say that Debian is better if you like to have a stable machine, and still want to mess about. Fedora is already very bleeding edge, which is good, for some people.
I personally like Debian, apt-get is teh win!