Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2011 19:45 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released Firefox 7. Unlike releases of Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 which were relatively minor upgrades to the browser, Firefox 7 includes a number of significant improvements, most important of which is probably the drastically reduced memory usage.
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RE: Graphics Acceleration
by lemur2 on Wed 28th Sep 2011 01:32 UTC in reply to "Graphics Acceleration"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Firefox 7 apparently uses Direct2D on Vista and Win7. Anybody do any comparisons with Firefox 6?


Graph here:
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/08/16/firefox-7-may-ship-with-new-graphi...

Discussion here:
http://www.basschouten.com/blog1.php

Earlier technical discussion here:

http://blog.mozilla.com/joe/2011/04/26/introducing-the-azure-projec...

Edited 2011-09-28 01:39 UTC

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RE[2]: Graphics Acceleration
by tomcat on Wed 28th Sep 2011 06:42 in reply to "RE: Graphics Acceleration"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"[q]Firefox 7 apparently uses Direct2D on Vista and Win7. Anybody do any comparisons with Firefox 6?


Graph here:
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/08/16/firefox-7-may-ship-with-new-graphi...

Discussion here:
http://www.basschouten.com/blog1.php

Earlier technical discussion here:

http://blog.mozilla.com/joe/2011/04/26/introducing-the-azure-projec...
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Wow, such a shame that Linux users can't get these perf gains...

Edited 2011-09-28 06:43 UTC

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RE[3]: Graphics Acceleration
by lemur2 on Wed 28th Sep 2011 07:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Graphics Acceleration"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Wow, such a shame that Linux users can't get these perf gains


For Firefox 7 the new Azure graphics works only for Canvas elements, and only on Win 7 and Vista. Mozilla have written the Direct2D backend for Azure first, and they are still working on the OpenGL and Direct3D backends. This is perfectly reasonable, given the relative numbers of Windows users of Firefox compared to the number of Linux users.

This is somewhat similar to the situation that occurred with hardware acceleration, wherein the Windows version had hardware acceleration in Firefox 4 but this did not appear in the Linux version until Firefox 6.

Hence the beauty of the Firefox rapid release cycle. One can expect the Linux version to have Azure graphics improvements via an OpenGL backend in a few months time.

Thanks for your concern, but it really wasn't necessary.

Edited 2011-09-28 07:09 UTC

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RE[3]: Graphics Acceleration
by Soulbender on Thu 29th Sep 2011 14:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Graphics Acceleration"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Wow, such a shame that Linux users can't get these perf gains...


Yeah, shame we can't show a fishbowl with 1500 fish in it smoothly....
Seems to mostly be useful for really intense HTML5 canvas games of which there are...not many. By the time there are,the OGL support is probably done.

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