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[2]: Not exactly news
by edvim on Sat 15th Jan 2011 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Not exactly news"
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Geez, so many fickle users out there. Most don't appreciate even a little that it was Firefox that stirred up the browser wars, when the alternatives were a sluggish Netscape and an anti-standards IE. So you're Firefox is 'sluggish'? Sounds like you have other issues on your system too. My primary box is a six year old P4 and Firefox launches/views pages pretty well.
Also don't forget Google only offered Chrome to Windows users for quite a while, leaving Linux users with a somewhat supported 'build your own' option of Chromium. Their excuse was a public statement about how it was too difficult and problematic to offer Linux or OS X versions. Yet Firefox and Opera have been popping out concurrent versions for multiple platforms for years. (OK, well Opera has been concurrent version-wise only recently, but their developers are too busy innovating unique ideas that other browsers pick up on.)

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RE[3]: Not exactly news
by avgalen on Sun 16th Jan 2011 02:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Not exactly news"
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So on a topic about a mature multi-platform browser that is having a big problem with Linux.... complain that a new browser didn't immediately provide a well-functioning browser for Linux?

ooooh, the irony. Developing Multi-Platform is very difficult especially if you cannot rely on the underlying platform or have cutting edge technology requirements or other platform dependent bits.

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