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[gnome] Large images display corrupted, crash or freeze system

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http://ubuntuforums.org – "Large" images render my system completely unresponsive when opened in the GNOME image viewer (eog) or Firefox. 3264x2448 pixels, in my case. I'm using the GNOME Classic session. Ubuntu Release 12.04 (precise) 32-bit Kernel Linux 3.2.0-30-generic GNOME 3.4.2 There are a few bug reports about EoG on launchpad (and elsewhere regarding Firefox) that seem to be related: 877279 960967 1032251 My idea was to tell Firefox to use a different image viewer as a workaround. I will try working through "about:about" first, before attempting compiling. (Hardware)