Video Acceleration Takes The Backseat On Chrome For Linux
Phoronix: Video Acceleration Takes The Backseat On Chrome For Linux
Due to notorious Linux graphics drivers, Google developers working on Chrome/Chromium aren't looking to enable hardware video acceleration by default anytime soon. The problem ultimately comes down to poor Linux graphics drivers...
without gpu aceleration, I suffer tearing with flash pepper, I am really disappointed.
Meanwhile, Nvidia has been shipping a stable VDPAU implementation for many years, and the Mesa VDPAU implementation for Radeon and Nouveau graphics is shaping up nicely as well. Why does Google only care about Intel's proprietary VA-API?
Because Intel has been the only so far needing it, software acceleration (specially on now-considered old Intel CPUs/Chipsets) has been bad to barely playable since a long time before (on Windows too).
Originally Posted by brent
They don't think that much on the low end GPUs that need it anyway.
How is it possible? Intel drivers is good enough for playing games like L4D or Portal 2 or support new webgl google maps. VDPAU is supported under (linux not very friendly) flash. Isn't VAAPI supported in media players like XMBC or VLC?
So why Chrome devs speaks about bad drivers?
Mozilla managed to do this with whitelisits. Not sure why Chrome team can not.
Yeah. My thoughts exactly. I have the latest OSS stack from git (A8-6500 apu, radeon/r600g driver) and Seamonkey and Firefox run webgl demos just fine and has accelerated playback (decoding too if enabled in the mms.cfg, but that seems to be limited to youtube, flash content on other sites crashes typically).
Originally Posted by shmerl
Chrome untiil quite recently worked just fine (albeit with generally higher CPU usage than Firefox/Seamonkey) if i disabled its blacklist, but recent versions crapped out, even SD flash video playback is crap and manages to use 200-300% CPU (i have 4 cores). This makes Chrome on Linux with OSS drivers (at least radeon) crap.
Summing it up, Chrome devs are just lazy - if Firefox could do it, what stops the best funded browser in the world (ok, ONE of them) from implementing it?
BTW Steam Source games run just perfectly fine on the radeon/OSS drivers.
I have an apu a8 5600k and I experienced the same issues with google chrome/chromium.
Originally Posted by gradinaruvasile
So the problems are with drivers that are open?......... something they can help tackle?
Seems these google guys are just Lazy or don't use linux as main platform.
Now that Valve is getting intel and amd to improve things a lot ,they should hire someone to look into the video stuff.
Anyway does chromeOS has acceleration of some kind ? I would think they would enable it at least for their own platform