Everyone else, especially Mozilla Firefox users among them, may find it interesting that Mozilla announced plans to improve the performance of the Firefox web browser.
Firefox Performance Improvements
Mozilla employees made several announcements in the past two days that provide details about upcoming changes to the browser's performance.
The second big change is the introduction of gpu hardware acceleration in Firefox nightly builds.
Firefox nightly builds are developer builds, and it will take some time before the new feature will land in stable versions of Firefox.
The feature is currently turned off by default in nightly builds as well and the developers state that there are bugs and add-on incompatibilities that need to be resolved first.
Firefox users who want to give it a go can download the latest nightly build and enable the feature by doing the following:
1. Enter 'about:config'
2. Click through the warning, if necessary
3. Enter gfx.font in the 'Filter' box
4. Double-click on 'gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled' to set it to true
5. Below this, right click and select New > Integer to add a pref setting
6. Enter 'mozilla.widget.render-mode' for the preference name, 6 for the value
Make sure to backup the web browser with a tool like Mozbackup before trying any of those new features as some users have already reported that it can make the browser crash.
Update: GPU Acceleration is part of Firefox now and does not need to be enabled anymore. Firefox users who want to disable it need to do the following:
- Load about:preferences#advanced in the browser's address bar.
- Under General, remove the checkmark of "Use hardware acceleration when available".