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Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

May 23, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

With virtme, you can run a custom built kernel on top of our running root filesystem. In this post, we explore another example of virtme in action, and see how to test Video4Linux2 drivers on bleeding edge GStreamer builds.

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

May 16, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Introducing cmtp-responder - a permissively licensed Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) responder implementation which allows embedded devices to provide MTP services and supports a core set of MTP operations.

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

May 14, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Up until now, talking in-depth about userspace tracing was deliberately avoided because it merits special treatment, hence this part devoted to it. We'll now look at the why of it, and we'll examine eBPF user tracing in two categories: static and dynamic.

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

Linux Kernel 5.1

May 09, 2019 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

Earlier this week, Linux Kernel 5.1 was released, and with it came over 13,000 commits from developers all around the world, including Collaborans. This time around, no less than 12 different developers contributed commits (64), sign-offs (111) & more.

Linux Kernel 5.1

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

May 08, 2019 by Santosh Mahto  |   Blog

After a successful team effort, the patch enabling the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Ozone builds to run with different platform backends, such as Wayland, has finally landed upstream.

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

May 06, 2019 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

After a year-long development cycle, the much anticipated release was made available recently. With it came a number of exciting new features we're especially proud of, including per-element latency tracer and support for planar or non-interleaved audio.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

May 06, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Now that we've studied the mainstream way of developing and using eBPF programs on top of the low-level VM mechanisms, we'll look at projects taking different approaches, attempting solutions to some of the unique problems faced by embedded Linux.

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

May 02, 2019 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

A previous post introduced the SPURV Android compatibility layer for Wayland based Linux environment. In this post, we're going to dig into how you can run an Android application on the very common i.MX6 based Nitrogen6_MAX board.

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

April 26, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

In part 1 and 2 of this series, we took a condensed in-depth look at the eBPF VM. In part 3, we define the high-level components of an eBPF program, including the backend, loader, frontend and data structures.

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

GStreamer buffer flow analyzer

April 25, 2019 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

GStreamer's logging system is an incredibly powerful ally when debugging but it can sometimes be a bit daunting to dig through the massive amount of generated logs. I often find myself writing small scripts processing gst logs when debugging.

GStreamer buffer flow analyzer

Weston debugging and tracing on-the-fly

April 24, 2019 by Marius Vlad  |   Blog

The recent release of version 6 of the Weston compositor has brought with it the weston-debug protocol, a new feature that allows developers and users alike to display on-the-fly various debugging (logging) information generated by the compositor.

Weston debugging and tracing on-the-fly

Quick hack: git-pw

April 18, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

A well-known Linux kernel developer once said, a poor craftsman famously complains about his tools, but a good craftsman knows how to choose excellent tools. Here's a python-based tool that integrates git and patchwork, and can greatly improve your toolbox.

Quick hack: git-pw

An introduction to Linux kernel initcalls

July 14, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   Blog

Initcalls, which serve to call functions during boot, were implemented early on in the development of the Linux Kernel. Read on as we take a closer look, including their purpose, their usage, ways to debug them (using initcall_debug or FTrace), and more.

An introduction to Linux kernel initcalls

Deep dive into OpenGL over DirectX layering

July 09, 2020 by Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne  |   Blog

Earlier this year, we announced a new project with Microsoft: the implementation of OpenCL & OpenGL to DirectX translation layers. Here's the latest on this work, including the steps taken to improve the performance of the OpenGL-On-D3D12 driver.

Deep dive into OpenGL over DirectX layering

Using syzkaller, part 4: Driver fuzzing

June 26, 2020 by Ricardo Cañuelo Navarro  |   Blog

Syzkaller is much needed tool for Linux kernel testing and debugging. With some work, it can also be enhanced to find bugs in specific drivers, such as V4L2. Here's how.

Using syzkaller, part 4: Driver fuzzing

Cross building Rust GStreamer plugins for the Raspberry Pi

June 23, 2020 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

Previously, we discussed about how Rust can be a great language for embedded programming. In this article, we'll explain an easy setup to cross build Rust code depending on system libraries, a common requirement when working on embedded systems.

Cross building Rust GStreamer plugins for the Raspberry Pi

Generating MPEG-DASH streams for Open Source adaptive streaming with GStreamer

June 12, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

Adaptive streaming is a technique to provide flexibility and scalability by offering variable bit-rate streams to the client. Here's a quick guide on how to generate a MPEG-DASH stream (the most completely adaptive streaming technique) using GStreamer.

Generating MPEG-DASH streams for Open Source adaptive streaming with GStreamer

Bifrost meets GNOME: Onward & upward to zero graphics blobs

June 05, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

With only free software, a Mali G31 chip can now run Wayland compositors with zero-copy graphics, including GNOME 3. We can run every scene in glmark2-es2, 3D games like Neverball can be played, and video players mpv and Kodi are now supported.

Bifrost meets GNOME: Onward & upward to zero graphics blobs

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

May 27, 2020 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Device drivers can support more revisions and SoC platforms by abstracting away specific hardware interface layouts. Let's examine a specific instance of this process, namely the effort to make the MIPI DSI host controller driver more generic.

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

May 15, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

gst-build is one of the main build systems used by the community to develop the GStreamer platform. In my last blog post, I presented gst-build and explained how to get started with it. Now, let's get straight to the point regarding cross-compilation.

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

May 12, 2020 by Andre Almeida  |   Blog

In part 2 of this series on syzkaller, we looked at how to install the tool and use it to improve our code base. Now, how does syzkaller report a bug it finds in the execution path of a system call? Let's add a new syscall description and see how it goes.

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

May 07, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

An in-depth look at WirePlumber, the modular and extensible session manager for PipeWire that brings advanced device management, policy control and security enforcement capabilities.

WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

April 28, 2020 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

With Rust gaining traction among the GStreamer community as an alternative to C to write applications and plugins, we began wondering, could the size of such Rust plugins be a problem for embedded systems?

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

April 23, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

The Panfrost project building a free, Open Source graphics driver for modern Mali GPUs has reached a new milestone: the first 3D render, including basic texture support, on a Bifrost chip (Mali G31)!

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

June 19, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Making its debut this week at Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Long Beach, ElectricMaple is an innovative project by Collabora and PlutoVR designed to enhance standalone XR experiences through remote-rendering.

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

Making a spatial impact at AWE 2024

May 30, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Join us at Augmented World Expo for a first-hand look at our recent XR work including ElectricMaple remote rendering, and xrdesktop showcasing a fully open-source 3-window desktop configuration with gaze-driven window selection.

Making a spatial impact at AWE 2024

Mesa 24.1 brings new hardware support for Arm and NVIDIA GPUs

May 22, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

Mesa 24.1 is out, and the graphics team at Collabora has been working hard to bring a slew of new features and bug fixes to Panfrost, Zink, NVK, and Mesa in general. Here's a look at their contributions for this release cycle.

Mesa 24.1 brings new hardware support for Arm and NVIDIA GPUs

Implementing DRM format modifiers in NVK

May 16, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

This week we merged support for the VK_EXT_image_drm_format_modifier extension in NVK, the new open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware. We've also back-ported the code to the Mesa 24.1 staging branch, part of the upcoming Mesa 24.1 release.

Implementing DRM format modifiers in NVK

Kernel 6.9: Enable, test, repeat

May 14, 2024 by Nícolas Prado  |   News & Events

Collabora's engineers continue to be involved in the hardware enablement for a few different system-on-chips (SoCs) and platforms, and have also contributed significant improvements to kernel testing.

Kernel 6.9: Enable, test, repeat

SteamOS 3.6: How the Steam Deck atomic updates are improving

May 10, 2024 by Ludovico de Nittis  |   News & Events

Highlighting some of the key changes Collabora worked on with Valve to improve the system update tooling on SteamOS, including the move to Desync, making applying system updates significantly faster and more reliable.

SteamOS 3.6: How the Steam Deck atomic updates are improving

Debuting at IOT Solutions World Congress

May 09, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

This year will be Collabora's first time exhibiting at IOTSWC, in partnership with STMicroelectronics. Collabora will be showcasing how the STM32MP2 is an ideal chip to enable edge AI solution in industrial environments.

Debuting at IOT Solutions World Congress

Effortless GStreamer Analytics Cross-Platform Support via ONNX Runtime

April 29, 2024 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

GStreamer's support for diverse hardware and software platforms extends to its upstream Machine Learning capabilities, exemplified by its cross-platform ONNX Runtime implementation.

Effortless GStreamer Analytics Cross-Platform Support via ONNX Runtime

Collabora, not just Earth Day. Every day.

April 22, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we've been part of the 1% for the Planet Network since 2022. The environmental partners we support help to better the planet.

Collabora, not just Earth Day. Every day.

Monado stays ahead: Keeping pace with OpenXR 1.1 for cross-platform, open source XR

April 17, 2024 by Frederic Plourde  |   News & Events

Monado, the cross-platform open source XR runtime, has recently received significant updates to align with the features and specifications of OpenXR 1.1, ensuring compatibility and optimal performance for developers and users alike.

Monado stays ahead: Keeping pace with OpenXR 1.1 for cross-platform, open source XR

Blast from the past at Embedded World: Atari plays for Linux

April 11, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Adhering to the fundamentals of open source, the Atari VCS OS is based on Debian using the Apertis infrastructure, and the graphics rely on Weston as its Wayland compositor.

Blast from the past at Embedded World: Atari plays for Linux

Up close and personal with STMicroelectronics' STM32MP2 at Embedded World

April 10, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Using TensorFlow Lite models optimized for the STM3MP2 NPU along with an upstream-ready H.264 encoder (Video4Linux2), this demo showcases GStreamer's all-new analytic metadata framework.

Up close and personal with STMicroelectronics' STM32MP2 at Embedded World

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