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Multiprocess Firefox – An afternoon testing on Ubuntu 12.04

What is multiprocess Firefox?They do a much better description here:
But basically it’s the start of having each tab in Firefox isolated from each other and the Firefox drawn UI (referred to as chrome).  Right now it only isolates the “chrome” from the webpages with one process each.

This is my experience using it for one afternoon on Ubuntu 12.04.   I disabled all add-ons because I don’t think it’s ready for my add-on collection…

What doesn’t work

  • AppTabs don’t come back on a restart (expected)
  • Password management doesn’t autofill (you can still access passwords though and copy/paste them). (expected)
  • Flash doesn’t work (click to play doesn’t seem to work either…) (expected)
  • Accepting no third-party cookies doesn’t work (seems to just disable all cookies)
  • Scrolling is a bit jumpy at times
  • Embedded content issues
    • Salesforce widget fails with “Content Encoding Error” because it doesn’t define a mime type?
    • My TinyTinyRSS installation doesn’t work only when loading slashdot pages (they embed ads)
  • Opening a new tab from the new tab page using middle click. (It does work if you do it via right click open new tab, with middle click it loads in the same window)
  • Zoom works on some pages but not others…
  • Trying to print crashes the page process (expected)
  • It’s one process for all tabs right now, so when one crashes, they all do
  • WebGL isn’t detected at all (expected)
  • Downloads seem to freeze (was downloading a Zentyal 700 MB image..)
  • Can’t attach files.. (this is what ended my testing :/)

What does work

(that seems surprising, most sites just worked as usual)

  • Saving a page
  • HTML5 Vidoe works (youtube), but fullscreening is two steps (one in the window and then hit F11)

One nice item is when you give up and disable it.. your previous session is restored from before you started..

I’m going to keep trying it ever month or so to see how it progresses (I’m already a nightly user)..

Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200

Quick follow up to my last post…  the only Ubuntu laptop on Amazon is now selling for $200.  That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it….  (so they might be finishing off the stock for the next version or just being more competitive for black friday, no idea…)

ASUS 1015E-DS03 10.1-Inch Laptop ( Black ) [Link removed due to it no longer being sold by Amazon directly]

Of course if you are looking for a more powerful laptop, System76 just introduced two new models (one desktop, one laptop).

Valve’s Living room speculation…

The last reveal is coming up and I don’t think it’s a controller… The first circle either represented the Steam Universe expanding or the SteamOS software..  So one circle in the last picture is that…

and the other is:

  • XBMC integrated as it’s media center
  • Netflix (or other media) now available through Steam
  • Allows other game distribution alongside Steam like EA’s Origin
  • Steam adds the capability to run other Linux applications
  • And in true “CNN Style” – Sony makes the PS4 the first Steam box…

In any case, I’m expecting a software announcement or an integration of a different “universe” with Steam/OS.  What are you expecting?

Update: Well I was wrong.. oh well..

New Rasperry Pi performance benchmarks…

Lazy follow up to my previous post on the Raspberry Pi.  Here are some more recent benchmarks using a more up-to-date image:

Take aways:  Performance has improved greatly.   Still get’s crushed by a P4, but performance per watt is now clearly in the Pi’s favour.

Some of the tests failed because I don’t have a monitor hooked up to me Pi.  (Like GTK perf).  With the Wayland changes, I guess I might have to review this again with one..