How to Install Mesa 18.2.8 via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10

January 10, 2019

The latest Mesa graphics driver 18.2.8 is finally available to install in Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 via Ubuntu-X PPA.

Mesa 18.2.8 was released two weeks ago with following changes:

  • Add the new Vega M, Vega 10, and Vega 20 PCI IDs
  • Meson build system foxes.
  • Gallium “Nine” Direct3D 9 state tracker fixes.
  • VirGL driver fixes.
  • A RADV hang fix for the Windows Yakuza game under DXVK with Steam Play

For users sticking to the open source RadeonSI / RADV / Intel / Nouveau drivers, and want to enjoy some Linux games, you may follow below steps to install Mesa 18.2.8 in Ubuntu 18.04 and/or Ubuntu 18.10:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After adding the PPA, do system update via command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

apt-get update is not required any more in Ubuntu 18.04 since adding PPA automatically refreshes system repositories.

3. Finally check your driver version via command:

glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"

Uninstall:

To restore changes and downgrade to the default drives shipped in Ubuntu 18.04, run command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

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