There surly is a need for more speed.
If web browsers get fast and featureful enough to deploy fully-fledged applications, then linux will stop being the third-rate, afterthought platform it is now. Photoshop? Office? Games? You bet.
Bring it on, I say!
While Firefox is a good browser, I switched to Opera 9.6 because FF was just so slow at times. Opera is a close competitor with Chrome on that front, just with a whole lot more features.
Browsers have to do a whole lot more than they did back in the days of Mosaic and 486 processors. A faster browser just gives a better experience for the user, especially when running on slower hardware.
I'm sure this change will improve the experience for a lot of people. Potentially having to go Azure->Cairo->X11 sounds like a nightmare, though, but here's always another option...
with all these things firefox foundation is doing now, i kinda get this feeling
I see it is packaged for Arch Linux now so I will install it asap and check it out. How can I tell what the rendering pipeline looks like when it is running and to check whether OpenGL is there?