Add Mesa stable releases to graphics-drivers ppa

Edwin Smith esmith at
Fri Nov 18 17:15:56 UTC 2016

Hi Jorge,

We’ll have a think over the weekend and see if anyone else has any

We have seen someone else on the mailing list suggested using:

This is another ppa that we have used internally but it still has the issue
of being a latest git based release. What we are looking for is to have the
actual stable releases as listed on available to end users in an
easy manner.

Right now unless you compile the source yourself there is no ppa that hosts
the official release versions from It would be great if we can
say “Requires Mesa 13.0.1” and in the same sentence be able to say this is
available from the graphics_drivers ppa (or similar).

Best Regards,


On 18 November 2016 at 15:25, Jorge O. Castro <jorge at> wrote:

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

Edwin Smith
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