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Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Posted on 29/03/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is.

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Linux block I/O tracing

Posted on 28/03/2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi in Blog

Like starting a car with the hood open, sometimes you need to run your program with certain analysis tools attached to get a full sense of what is going wrong – or right.

Linux block I/O tracing

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

Posted on 24/03/2017 by Simon McVittie in Blog

At the GTK hackfest in London (which accidentally became mostly a Flatpak hackfest) I've mainly been looking into how to make D-Bus work better for app container technologies like Flatpak and Snap.

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

Collabora in Linux Format

Posted on 22/03/2017 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Check out the April issue (#222) of Linux Format magazine for our new monthly column on all things Open Source, including graphics, multimedia and more!

Collabora in Linux Format

Performance analysis in Linux

Posted on 21/03/2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi in Blog

Modern CPUs implement a number of technologies that may affect application performance in unpredictable ways. Figuring out what is going wrong with an application can be a hard task, but it can become much easier with the correct analysis tools.

Performance analysis in Linux

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

Posted on 13/03/2017 by Frédéric Dalleau in Blog

Once you've setup a virtual machine in QEMU using debootstrap, there are a number of tools available for testing, tracing and debugging, such as Kmemleak for memory leaks, GDB (GNU Debugger), ftrace et dynamic_debug.

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

Posted on 08/03/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

Before being able to write firmware data to any production Chromebook device, the Write-Protect screw has to be removed.

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

Two weeks, four events!

Posted on 07/03/2017 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Over the next two weeks, Collaborans will be present at four different events across the globe. If you plan on attending at any of these conferences, please reach out and say hello!

Two weeks, four events!

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

Posted on 01/03/2017 by Daniel Stone in Blog

The past few months have been busy ones on the open-source graphics front, bringing with them Wayland 1.13, Weston 2.0 and Mesa 17.0. Here's a look at some of these developments, including Collabora's behind-the-scenes work on performance improvement.

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

Posted on 23/02/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

How to create your custom Android image, and APK app(s), all at once.

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

Embedded Linux Conference 2017

Posted on 21/02/2017 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Starting today, and for the next few days, Collaborans will be taking part in this year's Embedded Linux Conference North America, the "premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products".

Embedded Linux Conference 2017

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.10

Posted on 20/02/2017 by Gustavo Padovan in News and Events

Linux Kernel 4.10 is out, and this time Collabora contributed a total of 39 patches by 10 different developers.

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.10

Debian armhf VM on arm64 server

Posted on 20/06/2017 by Sjoerd Simons in Blog

At Collabora one of the many things we do is build Debian derivatives/overlays for customers on a variety of architectures including 32 bit and 64 bit ARM systems. And just as Debian does, our OBS system builds on native systems rather than emulators.

Debian armhf VM on arm64 server

NVMe: Officially faster for emulated controllers!

Posted on 13/06/2017 by Helen Koike in Blog

The feature to improve NVMe performance over emulated environments has now been officially released in the NVMe Specification Revision 1.3 under the name "Doorbell Buffer Config command", along with an implementation in the mainline Linux kernel!

NVMe: Officially faster for emulated controllers!

Android: NXP i.MX6 Buffer Modifier Support

Posted on 05/06/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

GPUs like Intel and Vivante support storing contents of graphical buffers in different formats. Support for describing these formats using modifiers has now been added to Android and Mesa, enabling tiling artifact free running of Android on the iMX6 platform.

Android: NXP i.MX6 Buffer Modifier Support

Collabora contributions to GStreamer 1.12

Posted on 04/05/2017 by Olivier Crête in Blog

Along with the usual load of memory leaks, crashes and other bugs, Collabora's multimedia team once again contributed a number of improvements across a wide number of areas.

Collabora contributions to GStreamer 1.12

Android: Getting up and running on the iMX6

Posted on 27/04/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

Getting Android up and running on the iMX6 platform using an open source graphics stack has been impossible up until recently, but now you can. Here's a guide through the steps.

Android: Getting up and running on the iMX6

Receiving an AES67 stream with GStreamer

Posted on 25/04/2017 by Olivier Crête in Blog

With GStreamer you can easily receive a AES67 stream, the standard which allows inter-operability between different IP based audio networking systems and transfers of live audio between profesionnal grade systems.

Receiving an AES67 stream with GStreamer

Quick hack: Changing the Android boot animation

Posted on 21/04/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

If you're looking to change the Android boot animation to something other than the stock one, here's a hands-on guide to help you to do it.

Quick hack: Changing the Android boot animation

GStreamer 1.12: Intel Media SDK support and more

Posted on 19/04/2017 by Olivier Crête in Blog

With GStreamer 1.12's first release candidate out for testing and the final release expected soon, here's a brief preview of some of the (many) new features, bugfixes and improvements that will be arriving with this release.

GStreamer 1.12: Intel Media SDK support and more

Tracing the user space and Operating System interactions

Posted on 10/04/2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi in Blog

Like the bug that no one can solve, many issues occur on the interface between the user application and the operating system. But even in the good Open Source world, understanding what is happening at these interfaces is not always easy.

Tracing the user space and Operating System interactions

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

Posted on 05/04/2017 by Daniel Stone in Blog

Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS.

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Posted on 29/03/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is.

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Linux block I/O tracing

Posted on 28/03/2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi in Blog

Like starting a car with the hood open, sometimes you need to run your program with certain analysis tools attached to get a full sense of what is going wrong – or right.

Linux block I/O tracing

FOSS in Toulouse

Posted on 16/11/2018 19/11/2325 by Mark Filion in News & Events

After a great time in Vancouver, Collaborans are headed this weekend to southern France to attend and speak at the 2018 edition of Capitole du Libre, a weekend dedicated to free and Open Source software!

FOSS in Toulouse

Linux Plumbers in Vancouver

Posted on 12/11/2018 by Mark Filion in News & Events

Widely recognized as the premier event for developers working at all levels of the Linux kernel's plumbing layer and beyond, this year's edition of LPC is jam-packed with microconferences, a refereed track, a Kernel Summit track, multiple BoFs, and more.

Linux Plumbers in Vancouver

Daniel Stone featured in Linux Format!

Posted on 07/11/2018 19/11/9367 by Mark Filion in News & Events

While our regular column (this time on Video4Linux, written by Ezequiel Garcia) is alive and well in this month's issue of LXF, there's also something else worth highlighting: a 6-page interview with none other than Collabora's Graphics lead, Daniel Stone!

Daniel Stone featured in Linux Format!

Edinburgh, continued!

Posted on 25/10/2018 19/11/5217 by Mark Filion in News & Events

After three great days attending and catching up with the community at ELCE, Collaborans are continuing their stay in Edinburgh to take part in the GStreamer Conference & Hackfest, the Linux Media Summit and the Automated Testing Summit.

Edinburgh, continued!

Linux Kernel 4.19

Posted on 22/10/2018 by Helen Koike in News & Events

As the curtains rose on opening day of Embedded Linux Conference Europe & Open Source Summit Europe in Edinburgh, the latest release of the Linux Kernel, 4.19, was made available by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Collaborans were once again very active.

Linux Kernel 4.19

Embedded Linux in Edinburgh

Posted on 18/10/2018 by Mark Filion in News & Events

Next week, Collabora will be sponsoring, exhibiting & speaking at Embedded Linux Confererence Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Now in its 13th year, ELCE is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using embedded Linux.

Embedded Linux in Edinburgh

Automotive Grade Linux AMM

Posted on 15/10/2018 by Mark Filion in News & Events

This week, two Collaborans will be in Dresden, Germany to take part in the AGL All Member Meeting. George Kiagiadakis and Daniel Stone will be in attendance, with the former also giving a presentation on the latest happenings in upstream multimedia.

Automotive Grade Linux AMM

FOSSCOMM

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Mark Filion in News & Events

We're headed to Heraklion, Greece, to meet with the Panhellenic FOSS community at FOSSCOMM, a conference for programmers, students and anyone else interested in the open source movement!

FOSSCOMM

Paris, A Coruna & Berlin

Posted on 20/09/2018 19/11/3345 by Mark Filion in News & Events

Next week, Collaborans will be heading to Paris, A Coruña & Berlin, to sponsor and speak at four different conferences: Embedded Recipes, Kernel Recipes, All Systems Go and XDC 2018. See you there?

Paris, A Coruna & Berlin

Open Source at IBC

Posted on 10/09/2018 19/11/380 by Mark Filion in News & Events

From September 14 to 18, Collabora will be exhibiting at the IBC Show 2018, the "world's most influential media, entertainment and technology show"! If you are planning on attending, please make sure to stop by our booth, D-15 in Hall 14!

Open Source at IBC

Open Source Summit

Posted on 28/08/2018 19/11/1476 by Mark Filion in News & Events

Starting tomorrow, Collaborans will be in beautiful British Columbia to take part, and speak, in this year's Open Source Summit North America! If you are planning on attending, come say hello or catch one of our presentations!

Open Source Summit

Linux Kernel 4.18

Posted on 13/08/2018 by Ezequiel Garcia in News & Events

Another two months and a half have passed, Linux Kernel v4.18 has been released, which means it's time to stop along the way and make a little retrospective. This time around, seven Collaborans have contributed to the kernel, authoring 61 commits.

Linux Kernel 4.18

Upcoming Events

Here's where we'll be in the coming weeks – come say hello!

Embedded Linux Conference Europe

October 22–24, Edinburgh

Open Source Summit Europe

October 22–24, Edinburgh

GStreamer Conference

October 25–26, Edinburgh

Linux Plumbers Conference

November 13–15, Vancouver

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