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    Default Attention Turns To Open-Source Drivers & Firefox

    Phoronix: Attention Turns To Open-Source Drivers & Firefox

    Last week we reported on Mozilla Firefox developers having issues with Linux GPU drivers to the point that the Firefox 4.0 Linux build will not have GPU acceleration enabled by default, but it can be found for Mac OS X and Windows users. Fortunately, to fix the situation, there's now some open-source Mesa/X developers looking into these problems of Firefox GPU acceleration...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTAyMA

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    Finally two oss projects are doing what they are supposed to instead of blaming each other on blogs.

    This is good, keep it up! This way both projects will rock even more.

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    When the issues are fixed there is nothing stopping vendors for releasing an update to FF4 to add more drivers to the whitelist.

    Why Michael insists on saying we'll have to wait until major distro updates for bug fixes seems silly - these aren't new features or new support for hardware, the fixes could even be ported back to Mesa 7.9 if required

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    When the issues are fixed there is nothing stopping vendors for releasing an update to FF4 to add more drivers to the whitelist.

    Why Michael insists on saying we'll have to wait until major distro updates for bug fixes seems silly - these aren't new features or new support for hardware, the fixes could even be ported back to Mesa 7.9 if required
    I agree.. For one, why couldn't it be in 4.0.*? Mozilla can be pretty quick to release patched versions, so I assume that list can be updated as we go.

    Plus, lots of us are using rolling releases, so I'm not really (directly) affected by "major distro updates" and quarterly updates. I am, however, indirectly affected since Ubuntu's release schedule (sadly) kind of sets the rules for the whole Linux community.

    Anyhow, great job devs! If there's a fire, and it seems to be a little one close to the showers, just put it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    When the issues are fixed there is nothing stopping vendors for releasing an update to FF4 to add more drivers to the whitelist.

    Why Michael insists on saying we'll have to wait until major distro updates for bug fixes seems silly - these aren't new features or new support for hardware, the fixes could even be ported back to Mesa 7.9 if required
    Well, I got fedora 13 and to get firefox 4 I need to upgrade to fedora 14 and enable unstable repos. To obtain new ati oss drivers I need to upgrade:

    1) the ati drivers
    2) the kernel
    3) xorg
    4) all libraries related to xorg

    It would be nice if I could do this without recompiling the whole thing myself, but I can't do on my fedora installation. I would need to upgrade, but I won't because I use my system for WORK and don't want to waste time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackshard View Post
    Well, I got fedora 13 and to get firefox 4 I need to upgrade to fedora 14 and enable unstable repos. To obtain new ati oss drivers I need to upgrade:

    1) the ati drivers
    2) the kernel
    3) xorg
    4) all libraries related to xorg

    It would be nice if I could do this without recompiling the whole thing myself, but I can't do on my fedora installation. I would need to upgrade, but I won't because I use my system for WORK and don't want to waste time.
    I used to use fedora and had the same problems as you now have. After switching to Arch, those problems have gone away, because of it's rolling release and such things come with updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackshard View Post
    Well, I got fedora 13 and to get firefox 4 I need to upgrade to fedora 14 and enable unstable repos. To obtain new ati oss drivers I need to upgrade:

    1) the ati drivers
    2) the kernel
    3) xorg
    4) all libraries related to xorg

    It would be nice if I could do this without recompiling the whole thing myself, but I can't do on my fedora installation. I would need to upgrade, but I won't because I use my system for WORK and don't want to waste time.
    Fair enough.
    But why don't you pick a 4+GB flash drive and install the newest version of <your favourite distro> on it and enable the unstable stuff? Then you can easily test things out without any damage to your work machine.
    (You most probably have a machine which you can boot from a pendrive.)

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Default Talking about bugs in DRI2, has this patch been applied yet?

    I noticed that Mesa/DRI2 was crashing, and discovered that the patch in this bug report fixed it.

    Crash in dri2_invalidate_drawable

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackshard View Post
    Well, I got fedora 13 and to get firefox 4 I need to upgrade to fedora 14 and enable unstable repos. To obtain new ati oss drivers I need to upgrade:

    1) the ati drivers
    2) the kernel
    3) xorg
    4) all libraries related to xorg

    It would be nice if I could do this without recompiling the whole thing myself, but I can't do on my fedora installation. I would need to upgrade, but I won't because I use my system for WORK and don't want to waste time.
    Well, you seem to waste a lot of time rebuilding stuff, adding unstable repos and foremost "upgrading" your distribution every time you need access to newer packages. Especially since Fedora "doesn't recommend upgrading via the package manager".

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    Sure is nice running a single command and having the entire system updated to bleeding edge. And you know what, I've had far fewer stability issues on Arch than I had with Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.

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