I can't really speak as to any hostage holding, but I can say that the intel 3d support has
not really impressed me, under Linux. The performance under windows is notably better,
delivering framerates in 2-3 times better range, without video glitches, and while the
stability of Windows has its ups and downs, the Linux OpenGL experience with my GMA X3000
usually locks the machine solid.
The experience of this driver has actually driven me to use Windows again to get certain work
done after around ten years of Linux as my sole working platform.
I suspect there is simply not enough manpower in the arena of the video drivers on Linux.