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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tuma324
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2010-04-09

It's open source, someone else can do it if they can't. There is a graphics drivers problem, but it's getting much better and the future is bright (gallium3d and friends), but even with what we have now, many many many applications manage to do OpenGL just fine on X (even with the crappy closed NVidia drivers I must run, that crash X about once a month). They will look like fools if some else does a fork of FireFox with working OpenGL. My guess is that this will be what will happen because they are effectively throwing down the gauntlet. If this does happen, it will be the soul purpose of the fork and Mozillia will probably quietly take the code, grumbling under their breath. ;-)


pffft... the fast that they can't do this as easily as they can with other platforms (Windows, Mac) already tells a lot about Linux and X.`

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