Enable Firefox hardware acceleration on Linux

Despite its past, Mozilla Firefox browser is now as fast and agile as its rival Google Chrome, but there is one aspect where the open source browser still loses a few points: the GPU hardware acceleration support on GNU/Linux. With this guide we will see how to enable Firefox hardware acceleration on Linux and therefore improving its performances.

The guide has been tested on Ubuntu LTS 14:04 with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers and Mozilla Firefox 34.0, but it should be valid for all distribution of Linux and newer versions of Mozilla Firefox.

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Enable HTML5 YouTube playback on Firefox

Today we will learn how to enable HTML5 YouTube playback on Firefox, since it is supported by version 36 of the popular Mozilla browser.

HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content for the Internet introduced by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The HTML5 specification introduced the video element for the purpose of playing videos, partially replacing the object element and without the support of plugins, like the proprietary Adobe Flash plugin.

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How to enable the VDPAU Hardware Acceleration in Flash player on Ubuntu

In this guide we will see how to enable the VDPAU hardware acceleration in flash player on Ubuntu and derivatives for any Nvidia, Intel and AMD GPU.

VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) is the name of a library that allows to assign a part of the workload of decoding and post-processing a video to the GPU; this features can be used even for Flash playback.

In Ubuntu the native support for the VDPAU hardware acceleration is not active by default, but it can ben enabled with the following procedure:

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