Mesa 11.0 Support Lands In Ubuntu 15.10

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 23 September 2015 at 10:43 AM EDT. 23 Comments
Mesa 11.0 has landed within Ubuntu 15.10 for providing the latest open-source graphics drivers, primarily with exciting updates for the Intel, Radeon, and DRM drivers.

As of yesterday, Mesa 11.0 is in Ubuntu-Wily, the 15.10 repository. The Mesa 11.0 packages were brought in from Debian as usual while Canonical continues to patch their Mesa package with Mir platform support.

Mesa 11.0 brings a lot of new features including OpenGL 4.1 support for the RadeonSI and Nouveau NVC0 drivers. Sadly, this current Mesa build in Ubuntu 15.10 is built against LLVM 3.6 rather than 3.7, which is required for OpenGL 4.1 support on RadeonSI.

I haven't seen/heard yet whether Ubuntu developers intend to rebuild Mesa 11.0 against LLVM 3.7.0 prior to next month's Ubuntu 15.10 release, but it will be a pity if that doesn't happen. Besides needing it for GL 4.1 support, there's also many performance improvements and other changes within the latest AMD GPU LLVM back-end.

Besides Mesa 11.0, Ubuntu 15.10 is making use of the Linux 4.2 kernel and X.Org Server 1.17 as other important pieces of the open-source Linux desktop stack.
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