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Old 03-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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LXer: How To Enable WebGL In Firefox


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WebGL is an amazing technology that allows hardware accelerated 3D animations and effects in browsers without any need of 3rd party plugins. Firefox has enabled WebGL for most of the modern graphic cards. However if you have an older graphic card, WebGL may be disabled in Firefox as Mozilla devs have blacklisted older GPUs based on driver version numbers. This is good step which ensures more stability and less crashes. However, your graphic card may be blacklisted even if it supports WebGL.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:34 AM   #2
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I also had to disable webgl.force_osmesa to make it work.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
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Works for me, but I'm a lousy X-wing pilot.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I would keep it disabled for now. I've heard of vulnerabilities that can exploit it. I'd wait until it matures a bit.
 
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There's an interesting article here about the possible vulnerabilities, and whilst there are possibilities, the risk seems very low (owing to the complexity of the attack) and non destructive for the end user.
 
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I would not go so far as to say that it is non destructive for the end user. It has plenty of potential for being destructive in terms of privacy, software and even hardware.

Maybe they will find ways to fix the vulnerabilities or limit the abilities of webgl to prevent these exploits and who knows how many untold others. It's a new interface, it's like an open window to your graphics hardware ... I don't accept the risks.

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Old 03-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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I've disabled it, now that I've seen that it works and checked out a few examples.
 
  


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