On some Linux machines with certain Intel graphics cards, problematic graphics drivers crash some Wolfram Systems. The crashes commonly happen when rotating 3D graphics. Starting your Wolfram System with Mesa, an open-source 3D graphics library, prevents the crash.

  1. To see what graphics card is on the computer, evaluate SystemInformation[] in the Wolfram System:
    SystemInformation[]

    A dialog appears with your computer’s system information. Navigate to Devices ► Graphics Subsystem: OpenGL

  2. To prevent the crash, start the Wolfram System in a special mode that uses Mesa graphics. Start it in the terminal with the mesa flag:
    mathematica -mesa

    This prevents crashes caused by some open-source drivers.

  3. Alternatively, try reverting to an older version of the graphics driver, or update once a new driver becomes available.