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We've worked with many organisations to solve problems using open source technology. Here, we select a few clients and present case studies of that work. These summaries offer examples of several services that we provide. Please feel free to contact us to ask for further references.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi has a high-performance, special-purpose graphic processing unit capable of handling overlays and compositing directly in the hardware.

Collabora has been working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to deliver an improved Weston backend, making full use of the Raspberry Pi VideoCore to offload as much graphics processing work as possible, reducing CPU and memory usage. Additionally, we provided enhancements to further reduce the memory footprint of the system.

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Wayland support for Raspberry Pi

Wayland support for Raspberry Pi

One Laptop per Child

OLPC asked us to help with communications technology for their Sugar platform, and in response, we built collaboration tools into Telepathy.

The nonprofit One Laptop Per Child organisation, in developing the Sugar operating system and application suite for the XO computer, wanted extraordinary collaboration capability. They decided that Sugar's collaboration features had to go beyond simple one-on-one text chat, or even text and video chat (which Collabora added, using XMPP/Jingle). So OLPC joined with Collabora to develop a broader spectrum of collaborative capabilities, based on the Telepathy framework.

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The XO

The XO

iRex

iRex designed a mobile device, the iRex Digital Reader, pairing the GNOME mobile software suite with an electronic paper (e-ink) display. The Digital Reader is more than just an ebook reader; it lets the user read and annotate many kinds of documents, including webpages. So the device needed a web browser, but none was quite up to the task.

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iRex iLIAD

iRex iLIAD

Songbird

Songbird is an open-source customisable music player. It sets itself apart from other jukeboxes by running on multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, and the Mac OS), and because it's built on XUL, the same GUI toolkit used to make Firefox.

Collabora Multimedia worked with Pioneers of the Inevitable, the creators of Songbird, to improve Songbird. Specifically, Collabora enabled Songbird to use GStreamer across Linux, Mac OS, and Windows platforms. As Collabora Multimedia director Christian Schaller explained at the time:

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Songbird music player

Songbird music player

Banshee

Banshee is the jukebox/media player built into the SuSE Linux distribution. The Banshee developers wanted Banshee to be able to, out of the box, interoperate with iPods and compatible devices.

As the experts on GStreamer, a key technology in the architecture of Banshee, Collabora was a natural choice for implementing Banshee's compatibility with Apple's m4a (AAC in mp4) audio file format.

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Banshee music player

Banshee music player