Chromium by default only enables VAAPI support on ChromeOS even though it is functional on desktop Linux and can be enabled with a patch.
The value of enabling VAAPI support is better battery life on mobile devices and smoother playback on low end devices.
Chromium patch: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/tree/vaapi_patch_r2.patch?h=chromium-vaapi
Upstream bug: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=463440
That's a pretty big patch that upstream doesn't want to take. Is it really worth the hassle?
It might be large but it shouldn't be overly complex, it is just changing `if chromeos` to `if chromeos or linux` basically.
Anyway upstream seems to be making progress on getting this merged: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/532294
I think the best plan of action is to wait for this to merge upstream.
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This is not something we're interested in maintaining upstream.
https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=463440#c68 explains the
We're already struggling just supporting the massive variety of GPU/driver
combination (and their bugs) across distributions (and users tinkering with
them), we don't have the manpower to deal with yet another layer of failure
points. Users get *really* angry when videos don't play / crash etc.
So, I'm torn. This patch is relatively straightforward from a "doesn't change much" perspective, and the upside could be significant for some users... but it enables code that is not tested on Linux, upstream will not support, and I have no particular expertise in... there are no bugs against the chromium-vaapi package in rpmfusion, but that's not saying anything.
Given that SuSE ships it though, I'm inclined to do so as well. I'm going to toss it into rawhide for now, and let people test it there first.
Yay! I have VAAPI capable hardware, so I can test updates (not rawhide though). And yes, I'm aware of upstream position and I'm subscribed to the linked bug.
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This is in rawhide, seems to work fine (tested it on a youtube video, confirmed GpuVideoDecoder used. I'll push it to stable branches on the next chromium update.
@Tom The only bug on chromium-vaapi is on wayland which I'm working on. This is generally an intel driver bug. Please see https://github.com/biswasab/chromium-vaapi/issues/7. I am trying to enable ozone wayland support so that chromium can access the intel driver on wayland.