In a recent article, I discussed one of the reasons why Linux is still not worth switching to, Mozilla confirms this by announcing that support for accelerated graphics in the next version of its Web Browser will be sketchy to non-existent on the platform:
Boris Zbarsky, long-time Mozilla developer, commented on the issue over at Hacks.Mozilla.org. The release notes for Firefox 4.0 beta 9 noted that it comes with hardware acceleration for Windows 7 and Vista via a combination of Direct2D, DirectX 9 and DirectX 10. Windows XP users will also enjoy hardware acceleration for many operations “using our new Layers infrastructure along with DX9”. Furthermore, Mac OS X has excellent OpenGL support, they claim, so they’ve got that covered as well.
No mention of Linux, and there’s a reason for that. “We tried enabling OpenGL on Linux, and discovered that most Linux drivers are so disastrously buggy (think ‘crash the X server at the drop of a hat, and paint incorrectly the rest of the time’ buggy) that we had to disable it for now,” explains Zbarsky, “Heck, we’re even disabling WebGL for most Linux drivers, last I checked…”
In a recent article responding to misinformation written by PCWorld Linux enthusiast, Katherine Noyes, I brought up this same point, here is what I had to say:
8. >> It’s no accident Internet Explorer’s market share is slipping, and vulnerabilities are a big part of it. Then, too, there’s the monoculture effect making it all worse.
You know, if this was 2005 and it was Internet Explorer 6, I would agree with you. Microsoft has updated its browser and kept pace with the competition. Features like Protected Mode introduced IE 7, InPrivate Mode. Also, with Windows, you can run all of the popular web browsers out there without the need to switch to Linux. On top of that, Windows versions of popular browsers introduce all the top features first, Linux and OS X have to wait months or even years to get certain features. Examples include updated UI, Accelerated graphics that actually utilizes the hardware.
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