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  • WebRender Reaches Beta For GPU-Accelerated Web Rendering In Firefox

    Phoronix: WebRender Reaches Beta For GPU-Accelerated Web Rendering In Firefox

    WebRender, the very exciting multi-year project for providing more GPU-accelerated rendering of web content and originally developed as part of the experimental Servo engine, has reached the beta milestone...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...r-Reaches-Beta

  • #2
    I am more interested in supporting h264 hardware decoding... but I am slowly losing hope that I will see this in Firefox for Linux ...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xpris View Post
      I am more interested in supporting h264 hardware decoding... but I am slowly losing hope that I will see this in Firefox for Linux ...
      Code:
      apt install epiphany-browser gstreamer1.0-vaapi

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      • #4
        Originally posted by xpris View Post
        I am more interested in supporting h264 hardware decoding... but I am slowly losing hope that I will see this in Firefox for Linux ...
        WebRender can actually help with hardawre decoding. Mozilla just didin't focus on it yet.

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        • #5
          To enable WebRender in Firefox beta, set this environment variable (for example in $HOME/.profile):

          Code:
          export MOZ_WEBRENDER=1
          This will override hardware blacklisting which Firefox uses for most GPUs. It works fine for me with AMD and Intel (Mesa).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shmerl View Post
            To enable WebRender in Firefox beta, set this environment variable (for example in $HOME/.profile):

            Code:
            export MOZ_WEBRENDER=1
            This will override hardware blacklisting which Firefox uses for most GPUs. It works fine for me with AMD and Intel (Mesa).
            The article tells you how to do the same thing.

            WebRender remains available for easily enabling within Firefox Nightly via the gfx.webrender.all setting within about:config followed by a restart to the web-browser.

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            • #7
              Just tested it for latest beta (Firefox 64.0b4). Setting gfx.webrender.all to true doesn't do anything (that config key doesn't exist in beta btw, you need to create one).

              Only setting the env variable works like above.

              Open about:support and see what your compositing is set to.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Spazturtle View Post

                The article tells you how to do the same thing.

                Not sure if you have forgotten to put on your reading glasses? 'Cause the article tells you how to enable it in Firefox NIGHTLY, while the person you quoted tells you how to enable it in Firefox BETA. Nightly =! Beta

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Vistaus View Post

                  Not sure if you have forgotten to put on your reading glasses? 'Cause the article tells you how to enable it in Firefox NIGHTLY, while the person you quoted tells you how to enable it in Firefox BETA. Nightly =! Beta
                  Strange thing is, the original linked article from gfx blog, says it's now in Beta, but I don't see any difference (by default) and it still doesn't work without env variable set.

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                  • #10
                    Question is if you want to use a feature that is not intended for usage with that particular program version.

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