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Although it seems that you can get reasonable results with the standard X drivers, I downloaded the ATI accelerated driver from http://www.ati.com. Fedora Core comes with X.Org, so I selected the 4.3 version to be the most suitable.
Update: ATI now provides a driver for X.org as well. (If this URL does not get you at the right ATI page, try selecting "Drivers and Software", "Linux Drivers", "Linux x86 FireGL series", "Linux x86 Driver and Software options for FireGL Products", "FireGL 8x00 series, current drivers" and, finally, "ATI Proprietary Linux x86 Driver".)

IMPORTANT: This driver uses the kernel routine pci_find_class that has been deprecated for a while, and actually seems to be gone in 2.6.10. A small patch to the kernel source brings the kernel routine back. Fedora seems to have this patch applied by default. There should also be a corrected ATI driver by now, but I have not verified this. Requires kernel rebuild.

This driver is packaged in rpm. When installed, it will complain about a file already existing on system which belongs to the xlib-mesa package, so I needed the --force rpm option to get it installed. Upon completion of the installation the driver is built, and then it asks to run the configurator. This step is for XFree, not X.org. To use the driver the following needs to be added to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "ATI"
        Driver      "fglrx"
        VendorName  "ATI"
        BoardName   "ATI Radeon 9700"

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