Mozilla's Project Candle Aiming To Improve Firefox's Power Efficiency
Written by Michael Larabel in Mozilla on 15 September 2015 at 09:11 AM EDT. 15 Comments
Mozilla's Project Candle is getting lit up as an effort to reduce the power consumption of Firefox on desktop and mobile devices.

Project Candle has been mentioned before, but now it seems the effort is getting organized and their infrastructure is in place. There's an announcement from last week on Mozilla's new dev-power mailing list for details on the initiative as well as this Wiki page.

A list of initial bugs they're aiming to address to improve the power efficiency of Firefox can be found from the Bugzilla.

The bugs range from altering background services to optimizing the CPU usage, using VA-API GStreamer video acceleration, high power use when using WebGL, and more.

So while optimizing the power use is the key focus, some of these bugs will benefit the Firefox performance overall in cases where there is lower CPU overhead. It will also be great if the GStreamer VA-API support for Firefox is implemented for better Linux video decoding as another long-open bug.

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