Most people don't seem to be «hating on Intel for this driver», they openly criticize them and say that they avoid buying hardware from vendors with closed, shoddy drivers. This is putting market pressure on Intel, hopefully making them avoid another similar fiasco. Sure there are haters, but they seem to be in a small minority, and aren't even that vocal.
I agree with most of your comment, it's an interesting writeup on Galium3d, but putting that last sentence in with no backup whatsoever after such a well informed post smells of pure flaimbait/trolling in an otherwise excellent post. Are you trying to see if the walls of LWN are really made of asbestos?
The latest Ubuntu release is very quick, features a significantly better Internet browser out of the box together with an Office suite that looks and feels more like what people expect from MS Office than does Microsofts latest Office release (Not saying that is a good thing), is translated into more languages than Windows and has, out of the box, better hardware support, including 3g modems and wireless, than Windows. There are very few surprises, and while there are still a bit more bugs than is desirable there are very few surprises. I haven't used Windows in four years, but recently had to sit down with a Windows machine, and I can honestly say that from my perspective, the Linux experience is smoother. Even on a well administered machine, network login is still slow. Profile syncing still has issues. There are too few keyboard shortcuts, and they aren't customizable. No virtual desktops. Can't have a panel on each screen.