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Catching up on WebKit GStreamer WebAudio backends maintenance

Over the past few months the WebKit development team has been working on modernizing support for the WebAudio specification. This post highlights some of the changes that were recently merged, focusing on the GStreamer ports. My fellow WebKit colleague, Chris Dumez, has been very active lately, updating the WebAudio implementation for the mac ports in order to comply with the latest changes of the specification. His contributions have been documented in the Safari Technology Preview release notes for version 113, version 114, version 115 and version 116. This is great for the WebKit project! Since the initial implementation landed around 2011, there wasn’t much activity and over the years our implementation started lagging behind other web engines in terms of features and spec compliance. So, many thanks Chris, I think you’re making a lot of WebAudio web developers very happy these days :) The flip side of the coin is that some of these changes broke the GStreamer backends, as Chris is focusing mostly on the Apple ports, a few bugs slipped in, noticed by the CI test bots and dutifully gardened by our bots sheriffs. Those backends were upstreamed in 2012 and since then I didn’t devote much time to their maintenance, aside from casual bug-fixing. Read more Also: SVT-AV1, Dav1d Speeding Along AV1 Into 2021

9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: November 29th, 2020

The ninth installment of the 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup is here, for the week ending on November 29th, keeping you guys up to date with the most important things that have happened in the Linux world. This week it’s been a bit slow for Linux news, but we had some interesting releases and a nice announcement from TUXEDO Computers. Of course, let’s not forget about all the software and distro releases. Let’s get started, shall we? Read more

Android Leftovers

Firefox 83 vs. Chrome 87 On Intel Tiger Lake + AMD Renoir Under Linux

With this month's release of Chrome 87 having more performance improvements while Firefox 83 debuted with its "Warp" JavaScript improvements, it's a good time for some fresh Linux web browser benchmarks of these two main options. Plus with Firefox 84 to begin enabling WebRender by default in some Linux configurations, there is also a fresh run of Firefox with WebRender enabled. This round of weekend browser benchmarking featured Firefox 83, Firefox 83 with WebRender force enabled for all tests, and then Chrome 87. Tests were done on an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and Intel Core i7 1165G7 notebooks (the latest Renoir and Tiger Lake hardware I have available for testing). Read more