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There's a known bug in X Server 1.18.4 that is related to SDL-based video playback. It's impacting my ability to use other Ubuntu-packaged video applications such as Flowblade video editor. Flowblade's dev has assisted me isolating the issue via Black playback screen on Elementary OS 0.4/Loki (Ubuntu 16.04) & MLT 6.0.0.2; works in Shotcut.

I tried using “xorg crack pushers” team @ ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa but that almost hosed my install.

How can I update to 1.19?

(EDIT: Cross posted to eOS's Launchpad; apologies if this is discourteous.)

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  • I know this isn't exactly an answer, but this integration is handled upstream here: launchpad.net/ubuntu/xenial/+source/xorg-server It looks like they've already updated from 1.17 to 1.18, so I imagine they'll probably ship an update through 1.19.x via a software update in the future. Mar 24 '17 at 17:12
  • Thanks for the response. I see 1.19.x was released 2016-11-15. I guess I'm really questioning there's any differences in what eOS is pushing out vs other PPAs. As I mentioned, using “xorg crack pushers” team's PPA for Xenial/16.04 didn't work out too well... good thing ssh was still operating. Mar 25 '17 at 9:46
  • It looks like the Ubuntu X Server PPA includes some distro-specific bugfixes and tweaks. See the answer below for more details. Mar 27 '17 at 13:54
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This upgrade is handled upstream by the Ubuntu project. This Launchpad bug tracks the integration of xserver 1.19.3 into Ubuntu. There are reports of Ubuntu failing to boot with the new version of X Sever, which would line up with the problems you encountered with the exorg-edgers PPA.

It sounds like this update targets the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04, but I wouldn't be surprised if the update was backported to 16.04 in the future.

You could try installing X Server from the Canonical X Staging PPA, which includes the in-progress fixes. Fair warning, though: this package is unfinished and meant for a newer version of Ubuntu. Installing it might hose your installation.

Alternately, you could wait for the upgrade to reach elementary OS, either by a backport to Ubuntu 16.04 or an upgrade to the Ubuntu base in a future version of elementary. If your elementary OS machine is your daily driver, this is probably the safer bet.

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