I’ve been doing some browser tests and benchmarks again today, and noticed that chromium 92 from
edge channel) is faster than Debian’s chromium 90, partly because it ships the ANGLE renderer and Debian’s chromium can only use Desktop GL.
You can install snap via
apt install snap and then install snap packages like chromium using a command like
snap install --edge chromium. Packages will end up in
Unfortunately, when running chromium directly from the snap container, i.e.
snap run chromium, it fails to use GPU acceleration, because the mesa in the snap is too old (it doesn’t recognize
I discovered that you can still run the chromium installed via snap just fine like this:
cd /snap/chromium/current/usr/lib/chromium-browser ./chrome
You can also force GPU rasterization using the
It also supports wayland (“Ozone”) natively, but that crashes when using the default GPU compositing. If you want to try the wayland native version, you can do:
./chrome --enable-features=UseOzonePlatform --ozone-platform=wayland --disable-gpu-compositing
Ideally, the GPU compositing problems with Ozone should be fixed, of course.
On a side note, with chromium 92 I was able to run Stadia. It even has a decent framerate at 720p software decoded, but my home internet connection’s ping is too high to play well (Vodafone LTE) – I will try again via VDSL soon.