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Re: [Public WebGL] OpenGL drivers in Firefox

I know the options are debugging and development aids. I only became worried about them when it appeared that someone was trying to use them to avoid the restrictions laid down by WebGL for interoperability.

Not everything in about:config is strictly experimental, for example, the option to put the scroll bars on the left. (Whoever put that in deserves a huge thank you. Scroll bars should be on the left for languages written left to right.)



On 28/12/2010 12:36, Vladimir Vukicevic wrote:
None of these options are intended to be user-visible; they're there as debugging and development aids, and in some cases for enabling experimental features (this goes for everything in about:config; I assume the same is similar with chromium's command line flags).  There are many changes here that could cause various parts of the web to stop working in the browser -- users should never need to touch these flags, and a warning is displayed before about:config is opened.  I really can't see any site asking users to click through a warning and make such a change... if they do it wouldn't be much different than asking the user to do any number of other potentially damaging things.

     - Vlad

----- Original Message -----
You have a point about prefer_gl, provided that the code paths in the
browser for using GL are the same in its Windows and Linux versions.
But the other preference for disabling the shader validator just opens
the door to abuse.


On 27/12/2010 22:55, Steve Baker wrote:

Setting the "prefer_gl" preference on a Windows machine under Firefox
logically identical to testing the application under Linux or MacOS
thereby forcing it to use OpenGL). If these "popular applications"
differently under different OS's then we have a problem that's much
bigger than whether we allow users to flip the flag or not.
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