Posts Tagged ‘Nitro’

Firefox will use Nitro

Posted: March 10, 2010 in IT/Dev
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Mozilla announced that Firefox will use a new javascript engine, JagerMonkey, based on WebKit/Safari’s Nitro engine. Recently they stated that Firefox will implement 2D accelerating through Direct2D on Windows, and OpenGL 2.1 on MacOSX and Linux (Safari on iPhone has been providing hadware accelerated graphics through CoreAnimation for years, and it was added to MacOSX desktop WebKit recently).

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Apple provides the first public beta of Safari 4, here. It brings a new javascript engine, Nitro, announced as 4.2 times faster than Safari 3 engine (and close to two times faster than the upcoming Firefox 3.1), and also adds support for HTLM 5 (audio and video media tags, database storage), CSS Animation, CSS Effects, CSS Canvas and CSS3 Web Fonts.
A new display mode, Top Sites, shows the most visited sites through an animated channels-like grid, that reminds Core Animation demos. History and bookmarks pages can now be browsed using a Coverflow like mode. These effects require a Quartz Extreme compatible graphic card (Radeon AGP 16 Mb or GeForce 2MX in Leopard). Global zoom is also included (was present in WebKit nightly builds). As with Chrome, tabs can now be displayed on top of the window, to gain space vertically. Finally Safari obtains 100/100 in the new Acid3 test. Full details can be found here.
The last security update must have been installed.