Ubuntu needs a GPU accelerated browser

Bug #1631763 reported by Michel-Ekimia on 2016-10-09
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This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
chromium-browser (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned
firefox (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned
ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

We all know the Web support of an operating system is becoming more and more important for users.

The situation right now in terms of browser Performance and power consumption of GNU/Linux is not really in a good shape compared to the 2 other competitors : Windows and Mac OSX.

Windows 10 : Microsoft has shown how its integrated browser is more efficient and less hungry on power consumption than other browsers.

Mac OSX: Safari is also showing a great power consumption and integrated features.

SO this bug is to track progress for an integrated browser for Ubuntu ( can be firefox, chromium, something else ) that would out of the box :

- Use GPU for video decoding

- Use GPU for Web 3D rendering like webGL

- integrate as much as possible EME HTML5 for DRM support (like firefox 49 for netflix)

Please suggest other features in the comments

-- Chromium --

For chromium we track progress on https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/chromium-browser/+bug/1424201

-- Firefox --

Firefox video decode progress should be tracked here : https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=563206

Firefox overlay support here https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=495727

affects: software-center (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2016-10-09
affects: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu) → firefox (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Michel-Ekimia (michel.ekimia) wrote :

Can we confirm there is no progress on this ?

description: updated
description: updated
madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

From the Firefox 54 for developers page:

Encrypted MediaExtensions API

* Support has been added for the VP9 codec in encrypted streams using Clear Key and Widevine (bug 1338064).
* Previously, MSE was only allowed to use WebM/VP8 video if the system was considered "fast enough." Now playback of VP8-encoded webm/video media is always supported, regardless of system performance.

These features could still be removed at the last minute before Firefox 54 is released on the 13th June 2017.

Michel-Ekimia (michel.ekimia) wrote :

Really good news for firefox VP9+EME is really a great choice for publishers.

But still software decoded ...

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I am closing the ubuntu-meta task since we don't plan to change the default web browser.

Changed in ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Now merging multiple bugs on this matter into bug 1424201.

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