The latest release of Mesa graphics library 17.2.2 is now available for users of Ubuntu 16.04 to install via PPA.
Mesa 17.2.2 is a bug-fix release for the 17.2 series. It was released two weeks ago and finally available in the “Ubuntu-X” team PPA for Ubuntu 16.04.
Mesa 17.2 contains many RADV/ANV Vulkan driver improvements, Vulkan and OpenGL performance improvements, more work towards OpenGL 4.6 compliance, and a wealth of other open-source driver improvements.
How to Install Mesa 17.2.2 in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA:
1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates
Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.
2. Then refresh your system and install upgrades via commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dist-upgrade
3. To check result, run command:
glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"
How to Restore:
To revert back to the original Mesa 3D graphics library in Ubuntu, get into command console and run command:
sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates