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I want to run this site: http://www.zygotebody.com/ But, it says that WebGL is required.

How do I install it? I have Firefox version 3.6.13 and Chromium version 8.0.552.215.

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Actually it says there you need a Browser that supports WebGL, not openGl. As you can see in the following links, no officially released version of Firefox, Chrome or Opera support WebGL at 100%. The nightly builds do but they still need work:

http://www.khronos.org/webgl/wiki/Getting_a_WebGL_Implementation

http://wakaba.c3.cx/w/webgl.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGL

As WebGL uses Canvas then it needs a browser that supports HTML 5 (Which is like the latest for browsers)

Also there is a web page to test if your browser supports WebGL: http://www.doesmybrowsersupportwebgl.com/

Remember that apart from the Browser supporting WebGL, you need a video card that supports OpenGL ES 2.0 which would be supported if your graphics card supports OpenGL 2.0+.

UPDATE
With Firefox 4.x and starting with Chrome 9 you have support for WebGL apps. For course, for the time being, Chrome renders faster than Firefox but Firefox is more standard than Chrome.

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Nowadays, WebGL should work in Chrome. However on some systems (mine is an NVidia Optimus) I had to go to about:flags and enable Override software rendering list, then restart Chrome.

You may also need to disable the GPU blacklist. This can be done by editing /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop (with elevated permissions.)

On line 108, there's a line that reads:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome %U

Modify it to look like this:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --ignore-gpu-blacklist %U

You can try this from the console first if you prefer.

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