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Welcoming 9 new Collaborans!

April 03, 2018 by Jassie Badion  |   News & Events

Meet the newest members of our ever-growing engineering and administrative teams! Welcome Arnaud, Omar, Correntin, Lakshmipathi, Rebecca, Ezequiel, Ritesh, Ana and Zeeshan!

Welcoming 9 new Collaborans!

Linux Kernel 4.16

April 02, 2018 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News & Events

Linux Kernel 4.16 was released over the weekend, and with it came 33 patches contributed by 8 different Collabora developers, including the addition of usb3 and extcon support for Rockchip RK3399 devices, and display support for the Nokia N9.

Linux Kernel 4.16

A new era for Linux's low-level graphics - Part 2

March 23, 2018 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

Following on from part 1 in the series, part 2 covers more developments in low-level graphics, including support for buffer modifiers in the kernel, Mesa, Wayland, Weston, Mutter and GNOME Shell, and X.Org.

A new era for Linux's low-level graphics - Part 2

Collabora & GStreamer 1.14

March 22, 2018 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

After a particularly long cycle of over 10 months, GStreamer accumulated many improvements that are now available in the 1.14 release. Here's a look at some of the contributions from Collabora's engineers that we're particularly proud of.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.14

FOSSASIA Summit 2018

March 22, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

After a great time in Portland last week for ELC, Collaborans have arrived in Singapore for the 2018 edition of FOSSASIA Summit, the premier Open Technology event in Asia for developers, contributors, start-ups, and technology companies.

FOSSASIA Summit 2018

A new era for Linux's low-level graphics - Part 1

March 20, 2018 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

The latest enhancements to the DRM subsystem have made mainline Linux much more attractive, making drivers easier to write, applications portable, and a much more friendly and collaborative community than we've ever had.

A new era for Linux's low-level graphics - Part 1

Linux isn't immune

March 14, 2018 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

The recent disclosure of Meltdown and Spectre hardware vulnerabilities were unprecedented in the history of computing. They affect a substantial portion of chips powering most of the infrastructure used by our society today.

Linux isn't immune

Embedded Linux Conference 2018

March 09, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

It's that time of the year again! The snow has melted, spring is right around the corner and the annual Embedded Linux Conference begins next week in Portland! If you are planning on attending, come say hello or catch one of our three presentations!

Embedded Linux Conference 2018

Google Open Source Peer Bonus

March 01, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   Blog

Today, Google Open Source announced their first 2018 Open Source Peer Bonus winners, and our graphics lead, Daniel Stone, made the list!

Google Open Source Peer Bonus

Embedded World 2018

February 26, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

This week, we're in Nuremberg, Germany to take part in this year's edition of Embedded World, the leading international fair for embedded systems! Come say hello, booth 4-170!

Embedded World 2018

FOSDEM - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

February 21, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   Blog

From an introduction to Flatpak, to managing build infrastructure of a Debian derivative, to modern tools to debug GStreamer, Collaborans presented in six different developer rooms, as well as in the main track, at FOSDEM 2018.

FOSDEM - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

SRT, typical examples

February 20, 2018 by Justin Kim  |   Blog

Released earlier this month, the latest version of VLC, the free & open source multimedia player (which also uses the GStreamer framework) now contains SRT modules which had been in development in VLC's master branch.

SRT, typical examples

Convincing your manager that upstreaming is in their best interest

November 28, 2018 by Martyn Welch  |   Blog

In an ideal world, everyone would implicitly understand that it just makes good business sense to upstream some of the modifications made when creating your Linux powered devices. Unfortunately, this is a long way from being common knowledge.

Convincing your manager that upstreaming is in their best interest

Metrics for test suite comprehensiveness

November 23, 2018 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

How can we measure the comprehensiveness of a test suite? Code coverage is the standard metric used in the industry and makes intuitive sense. However, it can often present some difficulties for large scale surveys.

Metrics for test suite comprehensiveness

Gaining eBPF vision: A new way to trace Linux filesystem disk requests

November 21, 2018 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

A real-world use case of eBPF tracing to understand file access patterns in the Linux kernel and optimize large applications.

Gaining eBPF vision: A new way to trace Linux filesystem disk requests

Quick hack: Speed up your GitLab CI

November 06, 2018 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

Did you know you could register your own PC, or a spare laptop collecting dust in a drawer, to get instant CI going on GitLab? Not only will you get faster CI, but you'll also reduce the queue on the shared runner for others!

Quick hack: Speed up your GitLab CI

Introducing Zink, an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan

October 31, 2018 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   Blog

For the last month or so, I've been playing with a new project during my work at Collabora, and as I've already briefly talked about at XDC 2018, it's about time to talk about it to a wider audience.

Introducing Zink, an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan

On the low adoption of automated testing in FOSS

October 18, 2018 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

For projects of any value and significance, having a comprehensive automated test suite is nowadays considered a standard software engineering practice. Why, then, don't we see more prominent FOSS projects employing this practice?

On the low adoption of automated testing in FOSS

Recently in Geoclue

October 12, 2018 by Zeeshan Ali  |   Blog

After I started working for Collabora in April, I've finally been able to put some time on maintenance and development of Geoclue again. While I've fixed quite a few issues on the backlog, there has been some significant changes as of late.

Recently in Geoclue

The beauty of Open Source

October 10, 2018 by Martyn Welch  |   Blog

Like all software, Open Source software isn't without it's bugs and issues. However, thanks to the nature of Open Source, resolving or mitigating the issue you encountered can be quite the satisfying adventure when it comes to scratching the itch.

The beauty of Open Source

MicroDebConf Brasilia

October 02, 2018 by Lucas Kanashiro  |   Blog

Last month, the first "MicroDebConf" took place at the Gama campus of the University of Brasilia. Here's a look at how this one day event came to be, and what was accomplished during that day.

MicroDebConf Brasilia

Virtme: The kernel developers' best friend

September 18, 2018 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

When working on the Linux Kernel, testing via QEMU is pretty common. Here's a look at virtme, a QEMU wrapper that uses the host instead of a virtual disk, making working with QEMU extremely easy.

Virtme: The kernel developers' best friend

Cambridge XMPP Sprint

August 30, 2018 by Maxime Buquet  |   Blog

Earlier this month, Collabora sponsored & hosted the XMMP Sprint, the first developer event in the XMPP community in a long time. Here's a look at what was accomplished over the weekend, and what's next for this open standard.

Cambridge XMPP Sprint

Testing Chromebooks with LAVA on kernelci.org

August 29, 2018 by Guillaume Tucker  |   Blog

In addition to Collabora's work to add support in mainline Linux kernel for several Chromebooks, these platforms are now being continuously tested as part of kernelci.org. Here's how to set them up for kernel development & automated testing with LAVA.

Testing Chromebooks with LAVA on kernelci.org

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

September 01, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

September's busy conference schedule kicks off next week with the Fall edition of Linaro Virtual Connect. Join us as we look at how to master your PipeWire streams with WirePlumber, and de-mystify GFX virtualization with VirGL!

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

July 20, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

After a month of reverse-engineering the Arm Mali G78, we’re excited to release documentation on the Valhall instruction set, available as a PDF, as well as a Valhall assembler and disassembler to be used as a reverse-engineering aid.

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

July 08, 2021 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   News & Events

Collabora's team working directly on the Linux kernel is growing. Collaborans continue to expand on their efforts to close the gap between hardware support on vendor trees and mainline.

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

June 21, 2021 by Shreeya Patel  |   News & Events

Earlier this month, Collabora took part in the very first KernelCI hackfest, initiated as a joint effort with the Google Chrome OS team. Here's a look at what led to our participation and what was accomplished.

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

Growing for the road ahead

June 21, 2021 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

Despite the many obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Collabora has continued to grow its teams for the road ahead. Join us in welcoming Kiril, Benjamin, Daniel, Shreeya, Ariel, Nicolas and James!

Growing for the road ahead

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

June 07, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

We first announced our work on the driver last December, and posted an update earlier this year. We are now happy to announce a second update for this driver, adding several major features which increase its scope and utility.

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

June 02, 2021 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Simplifying AGL's existing Wayland-based graphical stack and avoiding the use of modules that aren't maintained upstream has lead to the creation of a new compositor based on libweston, bringing more reliable and fine-grained system control.

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

May 27, 2021 by Rohan Garg  |   News & Events

Thanks to a new, low overhead extension in Mesa, OpenGL and Vulkan applications can now talk to each other, bringing more flexibility to application developers while easing the transition path between the industry-standard Khronos® APIs.

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

Kernel 5.12: Working to close the gap

May 04, 2021 by Ariel D'Alessandro  |   News & Events

With their latest contributions all around the kernel, notably to the Video4Linux APIs and hardware enablement, Collaborans continue to expand on their efforts to close the gap between hardware support on vendor trees and mainline.

Kernel 5.12: Working to close the gap

PanVk: An Open Source Vulkan driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs

March 25, 2021 by Boris Brezillon  |   News & Events

The Panfrost project started as a reverse engineering effort to understand Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPU internals. With the driver getting more and more mature, the natural next step was to work on an Open Source Vulkan driver for those GPUs.

PanVk: An Open Source Vulkan driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs

Linaro Virtual Connect - Spring 2021

March 22, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Join us this week at the Spring edition of Linaro Virtual Connect, as we discuss bringing stateless video decoding support to Linux, and take a look at where we are, and what's to come, for open drivers for Arm GPUs.

Linaro Virtual Connect - Spring 2021

OpenGL on DirectX: Conformance & upstreaming of the D3D12 driver

March 10, 2021 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   News & Events

One year ago, we announced a new partnership with Microsoft to build OpenGL mapping layers to DirectX 12. Today, we're excited to share that the we have passed the OpenGL 3.3 conformance tests, and have now upstreamed the D3D12 driver in Mesa 3D!

OpenGL on DirectX: Conformance & upstreaming of the D3D12 driver

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