GNOME 3.18's Mutter Will Fix A Longstanding NVIDIA Issue

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 20 August 2015 at 12:40 PM EDT. 9 Comments
Going back to early 2014 has been this GNOME bug about screen flickering and screen update problems with the proprietary NVIDIA driver. With today's Mutter 3.18 update, those issues should be resolved.

Thanks to recent investigating by NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner and GNOME's Rui Matos, the NVIDIA screen update/flickering problems should be solved. Aaron earlier this month posted a patch for fixing a GL_EXT_x11_sync_object race condition within GNOME Mutter's compositor. Fixing that code in the compositor plus other work by Rui should fix things up for affected binary NVIDIA users.

The code is checked in for the imminent GNOME 3.18 beta and GNOME 3.18 will be officially released in September. All of the Mutter 3.17.90 changes in full can be found via this mailing list post.
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