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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

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS development environment

Posted on 16/02/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

How to set up a fully functional ChromiumOS development environment on actual Chromebook hardware.

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS development environment

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

Posted on 09/02/2017 by Varad Gautam in Blog

Over the past few weeks, I have been working for Collabora on plumbing DRM format modifier support across a number of components in the graphics stack. This post documents the work and the related consequences/implications.

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

Hello Amsterdam!

Posted on 08/02/2017 by Mark Filion in News and Events

On February 8 & 9, Collabora will be attending Integrated Systems Europe 2017, the world's largest tradeshow dedicated to professional AV and electronic systems integration, taking place at the Amsterdam RAI.

Hello Amsterdam!

Collabora at FOSDEM 2017

Posted on 31/01/2017 by Mark Filion in News and Events

We're headed to Brussels, Belgium for FOSDEM 2017, the two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software.

Collabora at FOSDEM 2017

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

Posted on 26/01/2017 by Gustavo Padovan in Blog

In the last two articles we talked about how Explicit Fencing can help the graphics pipeline in general and what happened on the effort to upstream the Android Sync Framework. Now on the third and final post of this series we will go through the Explicit…

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

Who knew we still had low-hanging fruit?

Posted on 17/10/2017 by Gustavo Noronha in Blog

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Web Engines Hackfest, hosted by Igalia at their offices in A Coruña, and also sponsored by my employer, Collabora, Google and Mozilla. It has grown a lot and we had many new people this year.

Who knew we still had low-hanging fruit?

Performance analysis in Linux (continued)

Posted on 06/10/2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi in Blog

In this post, I will show one more example of how easy it is to disrupt performance of a modern CPU, and also run a quick discussion on why performance matters - as well as present a few cases where it shouldn't matter.

Performance analysis in Linux (continued)

XDC 2017 - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

Posted on 23/09/2017 by Guy Lunardi in Blog

Many thanks to Google for recording all the XDC2017 talks. To make them easier to watch, here are direct links to each talk recorded at XDC2017.

XDC 2017 - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

DebConf 17: Flatpak and Debian

Posted on 17/08/2017 by Simon McVittie in Blog

Last week, I attended DebConf 17 in Montréal, returning to DebConf for the first time in 10 years (last time was DebConf 7 in Edinburgh). It was great to put names to faces and meet more of my co-developers in person!

DebConf 17: Flatpak and Debian

Android: NXP i.MX6 on Etnaviv Update

Posted on 24/07/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

More progress is being made in the area of i.MX6, etnaviv and Android. Since the last post a lot work has gone into upstreaming and stabilizing the etnaviv on Android ecosystem. This has involved Android, kernel and Mesa changes, many of which are available…

Android: NXP i.MX6 on Etnaviv Update

vkmark: more than a Vulkan benchmark

Posted on 18/07/2017 18/02/9067 by Alexandros Frantzis in Blog

Ever since Vulkan was announced a few years ago, the idea of creating a Vulkan benchmarking tool in the spirit of glmark2 had been floating in my mind. Recently, thanks to my employer, Collabora, this idea has materialized! The result is the vkmark Vulkan…

vkmark: more than a Vulkan benchmark

Quick hack: Performance debugging Linux graphics on Mesa

Posted on 29/06/2017 by Robert Foss in Blog

Debugging graphics performance in a simple and high-level manner is possible for all Gallium based Mesa drivers using GALLIUM_HUD, a feature that adds performance graphs to applications.

Quick hack: Performance debugging Linux graphics on Mesa

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

Event: IBC 2016

Posted on 05/09/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Collabora will be exhibiting at IBC 2016, the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Event: IBC 2016

Event: DebConf16

Posted on 30/06/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Collabora is proud to be sponsoring DebConf16, the annual Debian developers meeting, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 2 July to 9 July 2016.

Event: DebConf16

News: GStreamer leaks tracer

Posted on 22/06/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

At Collabora, our multimedia team is always looking to improve QA tools in GStreamer. This week, we're introducing a new QA tool: a GStreamer tracer to track leaked objects.

News: GStreamer leaks tracer

Event: InfoComm 2016

Posted on 07/06/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Collabora will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2016, the largest, most exciting event in the United States focused on the pro-AV industry, in Last Vegas on June 8-10, 2016.

Event: InfoComm 2016

News: Linux Kernel 4.6

Posted on 18/05/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Linux Kernel 4.6 was released this week, with a total of 9 Collabora engineers taking part in its development, Collabora’s highest number of engineers contributing to a single Linux Kernel release yet!

News: Linux Kernel 4.6

Event: GStreamer Spring Hackfest 2016

Posted on 13/05/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Starting today, 13 May, and throughout the weekend, four Collaborans will be attending the GStreamer Spring Hackfest 2016 in Thessaloniki, Greece!

Event: GStreamer Spring Hackfest 2016

Event: Apertis hands-on session, April 28

Posted on 11/04/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

On Thursday 28th of April in Paris, France Bosch and Collabora will be hosting the first Apertis hands-on session during the GENIVI AMM. The session will give everyone present an opportunity to work first hand with Apertis and produce applications to…

Event: Apertis hands-on session, April 28

News: Vulkan 1.0 specification released

Posted on 16/02/2016 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Today sees the public release of Vulkan 1.0, the next-generation graphics API from the Khronos Group. As a member of Khronos, Collabora has been committed to improving EGL, OpenGL ES and OpenGL itself, and this continues with Vulkan.

News: Vulkan 1.0 specification released

Event: ISE 2016

Posted on 17/12/2015 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - from 09/02/2016 to 12/02/2016: We'll be exhibiting at ISE 2016, the world's largest tradeshow dedicated to professional AV and electronic systems integration. Collabora booth 8-K321

Event: ISE 2016

Event: systemd.conf 2015

Posted on 28/10/2015 by Mark Filion in News and Events

Berlin, Germany - from 05/11/2015 to 07/11/2015: The systemd.conf is the first conference devoted to the systemd project. It aims to bring developers, distribution packagers and devops professionals together to present, discuss, and work on that topics that will shape the future of the systemd project.

Event: systemd.conf 2015

Event: Web Engines Hackfest 2015

Posted on 28/10/2015 by Mark Filion in News and Events

A Coruña, Spain - from 07/12/2015 to 09/12/2015: The Web Engines Hackfest is a hacking oriented invitation-only event involving members from all parts of the Web Platform community, including those who work on Blink, WebKit, Gecko, and Servo.

Event: Web Engines Hackfest 2015

Event: GENIVI AMM Seoul 2015

Posted on 13/10/2015 18/02/6972 by Guy Lunardi in News and Events

Seoul, South Korea - From 20/10/2015 to 23/10/2015: We will be exhibiting at the GENIVI Showcase during the All Member Meeting.

Event: GENIVI AMM Seoul 2015

Upcoming Events

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

FOSDEM

February 3–4, Brussels

RDK Americas Summit

February 7, Denver

LVEE

February 9–11, Minsk

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