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Ubuntu Testing Chromium Snap With VAAPI (Hardware-Accelerated Video Decoding) Support

Ubuntu is testing a new Chromium snap package that enables VAAPI support, allowing the web browser to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding.

Canonical developer Olivier Tilloy has created a VAAPI-enabled Chromium snap using the Fedora patch (which got Chromium with VAAPI support about 2 weeks ago), and published it in a new candidate/vaapi channel. Thanks to this, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions that can enable Snap support, can easily install Chromium with Video Acceleration API enabled, which should bring smoother video playback, less CPU usage and improved power usage.