Archives For Mesa 3D graphics library

The latest Mesa graphics driver 18.2.2 is finally available to install in Ubuntu 18.04 via Ubuntu-X PPA.

Mesa 18.2.2 was released a week ago with following changes:

  • Better GTA V support with the RADV Vulkan driver.
  • RADV fix to address a GPU hang encountered by Radeon RX Vega hardware with SteamVR.
  • vkAcquireNextImage2 support within the ANV and RADV Vulkan drivers.
  • ANV now has support for protected memory properties via GetPhysicalDeviceProperties2().
  • The Gallium3D Nine “D3D9” state tracker has increased the number of temp registers as well as other improvements.
  • A new PCI ID added for a Polaris part: 0x6FDF.
  • And various bug-fixes.

How to Install Mesa 18.2.2 in Ubuntu 18.04:

To install the latest Mesa driver, e.g., for gaming, open terminal and do following steps one by one

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for ‘Terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type your 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

For open-source graphic driver users, the latest Mesa 18.1.5 now is available in Ubuntu-X team PPA for Ubuntu 18.04.

Mesa 18.1.5 was released a few days ago with RADV Radeon Vulkan driver fixes, a number of Intel ANV Vulkan driver fixes, and some fixes to i965, RadeonSI, and even R600g driver.

You can now install Mesa 18.1.5 in Ubuntu 18.04 via following steps:

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for ‘Terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type your 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

For Ubuntu 18.04 users sticking to open-source graphics drivers, the latest Mesa 18.1.3 graphics library now is available to install via X-Updates PPA.

Mesa 18.1.3 was released a few days ago with several fixes to the RADV Vulkan driver, Meson and Autotools build systems updates, fixes within the common NIR and GLSL compiler code paths, a few Intel driver fixes, and more.

To enjoy some Linux games while using the open source RadeonSI / RADV / Intel / Nouveau drivers, you may follow below steps to install Mesa 18.1.3 in Ubuntu 18.04:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) 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

The latest Mesa 3D graphics library 18.1.1 now can be easily installed in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS via PPA.

For those sticking to the open-source drivers and need graphics performance improvements (e.g. for playing games), Canonical’s Timo Aaltonen has pushed Mesa 18.1.1 in the x-updates PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type your password (no asterisks while typing due to security reason) 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

For those who want to install the latest Mesa 3D graphics driver 18.0.4, Canonical’s Timo Aaltonen has made it into Ubuntu-X Team PPA for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Mesa 18.0.4 is so far the latest stable release that was announced a few weeks ago:

“r600 driver gets a fix for constant buffer boounds, which fixes rendering bugs in Trine and Witcher 1.

Several fixes for RADV driver: fixes around alpha channel in Pre-Vega, fix in multisample image copies, and fixes around multilayer images in compute path.

For the case of ANV/i965 drivers, also a couple of fixes, all of them around ISP. On top, there are a couple of fixes relative to code emission around 16-bit integers, and a a fix for a leak in blorp for Gen4 and Gen5.

Speaking of leaks, there are also fixes for winsys/radeon/amdgpu and pipe-loader.gets a couple of patches to fix a couple of leaks.

SPIR-V part gets a patch to apply OriginUpperLeft to FragCoord.

Mesa core gets a couple of patches to fix error handling in get_framebuffer_parameteriv, and to add missing support for glFogiv(GL_FOG_DISTANCE_MODE_NV).”

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘Terminal’ from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type your password (no asterisks while typing due to security reason) 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