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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Gives Short Shrift to Linux Users

Jan 18, 2011, 13:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

"Considerable fanfare greeted Friday's release of the ninth--and apparently final--beta version of Firefox 4, which boosted the popular Web browser with hundreds of bug fixes and a raft of powerful new features.

"Along with faster speeds, hardware acceleration has been one of the most widely anticipated of those new features, and it did indeed appear as expected--for Windows and Mac users. Those using the open source Linux operating system, however, weren't so lucky.

""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,""

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