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Ubuntu now has a community-built PPA for stable versions of Mesa

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Feral Interactive's call for a stable Mesa PPA has already made progress, as there's now a stable PPA available for Mesa.

Paulo Dias "Padoka" has setup another PPA here: https://launchpad.net/~paulo-miguel-dias/+archive/ubuntu/pkppa

Note: This is a community-run PPA, so it's possible it may someday go out of date and/or have issues at times.

This is likely a stop-gap measure until something more official is done.

It currently hosts Mesa 13.0.2 and LLVM 3.9 along with RADV and ANV the AMD and Intel open source Vulkan drivers.

If you're on Ubuntu, or one of its derivatives you can install this PPA by doing this command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paulo-miguel-dias/pkppa
Followed by:
sudo apt-get update

That's all you should need to do now on Ubuntu to get a stable and up to date version of Mesa.

Thanks for pointing it out calexil. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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giamic 8 December 2016 at 9:35 am UTC
Thanks for sharing this information!
lelouch 8 December 2016 at 9:50 am UTC
Who cares!? Ubuntu was sadly once popular, but was never good (edit:SAME AS SuSE). Fedora (Red Hat) is from some importance, leading a big part of linux development.

But folks these endless upgrade cyles and delays for new kernels, drivers, software - you want new graphics drivers faster w/o adding 3rd party PPAs, but still stable: Since a few years now there are Linux Distros with rolling releases - perfect for gaming and time saving


Last edited by lelouch at 10 December 2016 at 8:22 pm UTC
aFoxNamedMorris 8 December 2016 at 10:13 am UTC
lelouchWho cares!? Ubuntu was sadly once popular, but was never good (like SuSE). Fedora (Red Hat) is from some importance, leading a big part of linux development.

But folks these endless upgrade cyles and delays for new kernels, drivers, software - you want new graphics drivers faster w/o adding 3rd party PPAs, but still stable: Since a few years now there are Linux Distros with rolling releases - perfect for gaming and time saving

Because plenty of people still use Ubuntu and it's derivatives, myself included.
Crazyivanuk 8 December 2016 at 10:21 am UTC
Same here Ubuntu is what got me into switching to linux some many many years ago lol
Liam Dawe 8 December 2016 at 10:22 am UTC
aFoxNamedMorris
lelouchWho cares!? Ubuntu was sadly once popular, but was never good (like SuSE). Fedora (Red Hat) is from some importance, leading a big part of linux development.

But folks these endless upgrade cyles and delays for new kernels, drivers, software - you want new graphics drivers faster w/o adding 3rd party PPAs, but still stable: Since a few years now there are Linux Distros with rolling releases - perfect for gaming and time saving

Because plenty of people still use Ubuntu and it's derivatives, myself included.
According to GOL users (x)buntu is also the most used https://www.gamingonlinux.com/users/statistics
ajgp 8 December 2016 at 10:25 am UTC
aFoxNamedMorris
lelouchWho cares!? Ubuntu was sadly once popular, but was never good (like SuSE). Fedora (Red Hat) is from some importance, leading a big part of linux development.

But folks these endless upgrade cyles and delays for new kernels, drivers, software - you want new graphics drivers faster w/o adding 3rd party PPAs, but still stable: Since a few years now there are Linux Distros with rolling releases - perfect for gaming and time saving

Because plenty of people still use Ubuntu and it's derivatives, myself included.

Agree with @aFoxNamedMorris, while I dont use Ubuntu I do use Mint18 a derivative and so if I had an AMD card (I dont) this would be usable for me as well.

I really dont understand the Linux community at times, some segments seem very elitist (Not an accusation at lelouch, the comment just reminds me of it); its a case of first they are better because they use Linux, but then because attempts to appeal to a wider audience means there becomes "simpler" (and this is only simple out of the box, the same complexity can be applied to the likes of Ubuntu) distributions aimed at allowing those not so technically minded a step into the Linux world they suddenly migrate to more esoteric Distro's and cry yes Ok its linux but really its "babies first linux" nota tru Linux like XYZ that I use...

It just seems so petty at times.



Back on topic, I see this as a good development, anything that streamlines the installation of drivers will make those wanting to switch to Linux for gaming have an easier time. And in time as you say an official repo may be opened with true support.



EDIT: I guess what im trying to say is that the OS is supposed to work for me the user, not make me work for it. "Simpler", user oriented distributions allow for that without the upfront heavy lifting, and are notably built for stability that means I shouldnt unless I try to mess deeper be subjected to spending hours finding the solution to esoteric problems (or even basic ones) like installing drivers that doesnt involve compiling from source something that really should be available out of the box.


Last edited by ajgp at 8 December 2016 at 10:29 am UTC
Maokei 8 December 2016 at 10:57 am UTC
aFoxNamedMorris
lelouchWho cares!? Ubuntu was sadly once popular, but was never good (like SuSE). Fedora (Red Hat) is from some importance, leading a big part of linux development.

But folks these endless upgrade cyles and delays for new kernels, drivers, software - you want new graphics drivers faster w/o adding 3rd party PPAs, but still stable: Since a few years now there are Linux Distros with rolling releases - perfect for gaming and time saving

Because plenty of people still use Ubuntu and it's derivatives, myself included.

Are you serious mate? Ubuntu did not grow into a large user base by chance. Go bitch some where else!


Last edited by Maokei at 8 December 2016 at 10:57 am UTC
lelouch 8 December 2016 at 11:03 am UTC
Suprise;)-not, you all are using ubuntu!
At least I argued, but why u fanboys all haven choosen ubuntu in the first place!? Besides you had no clue and it was popular and big at that given time, so you are using it. (I tested so many distros in years (and many other folks did this too), but never found a good reason to choose suse or ubuntu (minus derivatives there are many other distros) - same reasons why others stick with windows??? So why you haven choosen ubuntu+derivatives? Have you even tried other distros before choosing? Which? And why do you stay with it? So obviously you want newest graphic drivers, but don't want to switch the distro.
(Seriously, I mean REAL reasons w/o fanboying (I see this already under every article about every game), not stupid arguments which concern every linux distro or are just wrong for ubuntu, because these arguments more belong to every other distro than ubuntu&Co)

BTW to the 1p: popular means "most used", but doesn't mean it's good (e.g. Windows lol) - so, I already said that.
giamic 8 December 2016 at 11:23 am UTC
Dear lelouch, your comments seem out of topic and pointless. You don't like Ubuntu. So what? If you have something else to say, please read http://www.paulgraham.com/disagree.html then try again.
Liam Dawe 8 December 2016 at 11:43 am UTC
Please do not bring distro wars here, they are not welcome. All it does it get people riled up.
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