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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Graphics is a whole nother kettle of fish. As far as I know, writing a graphics driver involves writing multiple high-quality JIT compilers, a memory management layer, and a bunch of difficult-to-debug libraries. Plus you need a minimal OS on the ASIC side. The statistic I heard (and believe) is that the NVidia driver on Windows contains more code than the all the other drivers on a typical system combined.

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