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Firefox 75 On Wayland Now To Have Full WebGL, Working VA-API Acceleration

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  • #11
    Originally posted by frank007 View Post
    About t(h)rolling...
    Is this solution the same that vlc, mplayer, mpv, xine, etc. use? Using different words, does Firefox/Chromium use real hardware acceleration (= GPU hardware) for decoding?
    Partially the same if they're using vaapi, but Firefox is taking it an extra step and using dmabuf which doesn't work under X and avoids copying around pixels. This would also have the advantage of letting you eventually use hardware planes dedicated for video.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by frank007 View Post
      About t(h)rolling...
      Is this solution the same that vlc, mplayer, mpv, xine, etc. use? Using different words, does Firefox/Chromium use real hardware acceleration (= GPU hardware) for decoding?
      from what I remember, it uses VA-API - which uses whatever backend you have

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      • #13
        It's only H264? That's a shame, but it's still close to seismic news. When did Firefox officially support Wayland?

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        • #14
          It would be interesting to see some benchmark between the Firefox/Chromium solution and the real hardware decoding (vlc, mplayer, mpv, etc.).

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          • #15
            Tested quickly on Intel with Ubuntu 18.04 + updated Mesa. Didn't work, guess there are some libs that are too old.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by timrichardson View Post
              It's only H264? That's a shame, but it's still close to seismic news.
              VP9 is next: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1619258

              Originally posted by timrichardson View Post
              When did Firefox officially support Wayland?
              It doesn't.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by frank007 View Post
                It would be interesting to see some benchmark between the Firefox/Chromium solution and the real hardware decoding (vlc, mplayer, mpv, etc.).
                If it uses ffmpeg and dma-buf it's pretty real, no..?

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by ernstp View Post
                  Tested quickly on Intel with Ubuntu 18.04 + updated Mesa. Didn't work, guess there are some libs that are too old.
                  That's going to be far too old for anything.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by GrayShade View Post
                    Firefox doesn't really "support Linux" either. Linux support is being maintained by Red Hat.

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                    • #20
                      This is great, but Wayland support in Firefox is still pretty buggy, and recently suffered from regressions such as this:

                      https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1615098

                      That makes Firefox pretty much unusable at the moment.

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