Add Mesa stable releases to graphics-drivers ppa

Jorge O. Castro jorge at
Fri Nov 18 15:25:00 UTC 2016

Hi Edwin!

On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 6:45 AM, Edwin Smith <esmith at>

> This has proved very useful to gamers since it was launched, however it
> only contains Nvidia proprietary drivers. We have been working with the
> Mesa community to help improve the Mesa drivers so more games can run on
> AMD and Intel hardware, and in the last year this has started to hit the
> tipping point and support has become more and more viable when using the
> very latest drivers.

I agree, it's been nice to get fresh drivers.

> The biggest issue we have is there is no way for a user to officially
> download and install the latest stable versions of Mesa.

This would be nice, the reason we named it "graphics-drivers" was to keep
it vendor agnostic. There's always been an open invite to whoever wants to
stick AMD drivers in there, but no one's really shown interest. Maybe now
since there's been so much improvement in the last year it might be worth
making another push?

> There are two commonly used PPAs that have the latest mesa drivers but
> these are built from git latest around twice a week so the quality varies
> depending on the status of git when it was built. Unfortunately we can't
> officially recommend them as they often contain serious bugs that are still
> being fixed.

So the way we did it for the Nvidia drivers is ask the people running the
community PPAs to consolidate into one PPA to share the work, has anyone
talked to these two of consolidating and releasing stable releases in a
common PPA? Then it'd just be a matter of getting them upload access and
applying for some hardware from the community fund.

> I look forward to seeing what the community thinks of this suggestion.

I think most people would agree that this is an excellent idea, it's a
matter of manpower and finding people to do the work.

Jorge Castro
Canonical Ltd. - The fastest way to model your application
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