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Ummm. The 9700 (first R300 chipset) was released in late 2002. What exactly is your definition of "quickly"?
My definition of "quickly" is "moving fast." What other relevant definition could there be?
The r300 reverse engineering project started in the Fall, roughly. They've been making steady, incredible progress since then.
They still have a lot of hard work to do, though, and for some people this has been their introduction to reverse engineering. (The r400s are very similar to the r300s from a driver standpoint, so both are effectively being reverse engineered in parallel.)
And, yes, Intel does seem to be the best right now about providing documentation to Free graphics driver developers. However, many people don't have the option of installing agp or pci Intel graphics cards (maybe i915 ones are out that I missed) so I omitted them... but they're great for laptops. (Intel provided fragment program documentation that others have withheld.)