Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Jan 2011 10:40 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Yesterday, the ninth Firefox 4.0 beta was released. One of the major new features in Firefox 4.0 is hardware acceleration for anything from canvas drawing to video rendering. Sadly, this feature won't make its way to the Linux version of Firefox 4.0. The reason? X' drivers are "disastrously buggy". Update: Benoit Jacob informed my via email that there's some important nuance: hardware acceleration (OpenGL only) on Linux has been implemented, but due to bugs and issues, only one driver so far has been whitelisted (the proprietary NVIDIA driver).
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RE[5]: Not exactly news
by Veto on Sat 15th Jan 2011 18:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Not exactly news"
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2010-11-13

But is it the job of Firefox to shield from blatant (security) bugs in the underlying OpenGL API and neglecting the bugfree implementations in the process?

Rather more use and exposure would motivate the driver developers to fix their buggy drivers.

Perhaps a blacklist could be implemented notifying the users that their driver is buggy and Firefox will run unaccelerated? This would raise awareness without negatively affecting the "good systems".

Edit: I see you have already implemented a blacklist :-) But perhaps still notifying the user would be a good idea?

Edited 2011-01-15 18:58 UTC

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