Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Apr 2011 18:33 UTC
Internet Explorer So, have you installed Internet Explorer 9 yet on your Windows machine? No? Well, feel assured in the knowledge that at MIX11 today, Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 10, while also pushing out the very first preview release. Also, IE10 (can I call it IEX? Can I? Can I?) was demonstrated running on Windows for ARM.
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RE[6]: HW accel, blah
by smitty on Wed 13th Apr 2011 07:19 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: HW accel, blah"
smitty
Member since:
2005-10-13

Battery life of my computer with the GPU turned off : 3h10
Battery life of my computer with compositing : 1h40

Talk about power savings...

I thought we were talking about web browsers?
Anyway, do you really expect web developers to stay still with their current designs, while browsers offer much more power ? I'd rather say : prepare for the second coming of animated backgrounds and Flash websites. Those who have a powerful computer will see it smoothly and just rant about the reduced battery life, but the others will suffer.

Hey, cheer up. For people like you there is always links: http://www.jikos.cz/~mikulas/links/

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RE[7]: HW accel, blah
by Neolander on Wed 13th Apr 2011 07:52 in reply to "RE[6]: HW accel, blah"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I thought we were talking about web browsers?

The OP mentioned power savings as a benefit of using GPUs in areas where they're not needed.

Hey, cheer up. For people like you there is always links: http://www.jikos.cz/~mikulas/links/

Have played with it during my Gentoo days, though not voluntarily ;) However, it just doesn't work.
1/Raw text mode has insufficient resolution, it wastes space on things like borders as it can't align on a sub-character boundary.
2/GUI browsers with images and Flash/JS disabled are feasible, in fact I do this with mobile browsers from time to time, when tired of their slowness. However, it doesn't work with many websites, which will assume that you have all of them available, on, and enabled. Like the Flash website without fallback HTML, websites which use JS menus, etc...

Besides, only some mobile devices of today can't render pictures well. But with things like GPUs, the bloat possibilities are endless. Just look at compositing : blurry windows borders, really ?

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