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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If it's that bad
by SlackerJack on Sat 15th Jan 2011 15:30 UTC
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

Then just support the the most stable driver then. I'm pretty sure most people use the NVIDIA binary, so just detect it and enable 3D support.

Adobe supports VDPAU in their Flash beta, so it's time to stop making excuses and support what's established, stable and working, which the NVIDIA binary is. AMD binary driver too.

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RE: If it's that bad
by jacquouille on Sat 15th Jan 2011 16:17 in reply to "If it's that bad"
jacquouille Member since:
2006-01-02

That's exactly what we are doing ;-) the NVIDIA proprietary driver is whitelisted at the moment. So you get WebGL right away. If you want accelerated compositing too (at the risk of losing the benefit of XRender) go to about:config and set layers.acceleration.force-enabled to true.

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