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GPU virtualization update

May 09, 2018 by Elie Tournier  |   Blog

A few months ago, Robert Foss wrote a blog post about virtualizing GPU Access. Here's a look at some of the major improvements that have landed upstream since then, including QEMU using OpenGL ES acceleration, as well as our plans for the future.

GPU virtualization update

GStreamer Spring Hackfest

May 01, 2018 by Olivier Crête  |   Blog

Generously hosted by Axis in the beautiful Lund, Sweden, the annual spring hackfest is an occasion for the community to get together to bond, but also to co-ordinate the next half year of development of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

GStreamer Spring Hackfest

foss-north

April 20, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

This weekend, we're headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, to meet the Nordic FOSS community at foss-north, a free / open source conference covering both software and hardware from the technical perspective!

foss-north

Upstream Linux support for new NXP i.MX 8

April 17, 2018 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

The i.MX 6 platform has for the past few years enjoyed a large effort to add upstream support to Linux and surrounding projects. The newly introduced i.MX 8 is seeing lots of work being done, despite hardware being still difficult to get access to.

Upstream Linux support for new NXP i.MX 8

Open Source at NAB

April 06, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas? Make sure to stop by Collabora's booth, #N2908VR in the North Hall, and get a firsthand look at the latest in Open Source software integration!

Open Source at NAB

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

Tracing user space and OS interactions

April 10, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   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 user space and OS interactions

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

April 05, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   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

March 29, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   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

March 28, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   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

March 24, 2017 by Simon McVittie  |   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

Performance analysis in Linux

March 21, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   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

March 13, 2017 by Frédéric Dalleau  |   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

March 08, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   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

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

March 01, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   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

February 23, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

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

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

February 16, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

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

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

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

February 09, 2017 by Varad Gautam  |   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

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

October 22, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The 4-day event is dedicated to everything open source and will showcase a program of 250+ talks. Collaborans will once again be actively participating in the week's activities, with no less than eight presentations, a BoF on KernelCI, and two panel discussions!

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

October 22, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   News & Events

Collaborans continue to be very active in the Linux kernel, authoring over 150 commits in this release. Here's a look at the improvements, and new features, contributed by our team, notably in hardware support, multimedia, graphics and testing.

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

October 06, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   News & Events

A move to GitLab. A switch to the powerful Meson build system. A fast and reliable CI system implemented. The GStreamer community has been busy, bringing a bevy of enhancements to 1.18. Here's a look at the key contributions by Collaborans.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

September 15, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The lineup of great virtual conferences continues this week with the 2020 edition of X.Org Developer's Conference (XDC), the leading event for developers working on all things Open graphics, including the Linux kernel, Mesa, DRM, Wayland and X11.

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

August 24, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

August ends on a high note with two virtual events this week: DebConf20, Debian's annual conference, and Linux Plumbers Conference, the premier event for developers working at all levels of the Linux kernel's plumbing layer and beyond.

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

August 05, 2020 by Dafna Hirschfeld  |   News & Events

The ability for a relatively small software consultancy to contribute at this level demonstrates a fantastic improvement in vendors' mindset when it comes to working Open First and providing mainline support out-of-box as early as possible.

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

July 17, 2020 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

HTC Vive (Pro) and Valve Index hardware users can now experiment with positional tracking in Monado, thanks to the implementation of a libsurvive driver using the libsurvive library developed by Charles Lohr, David Berger and many contributors.

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

July 16, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of WirePlumber (the PipeWire session manager) version 0.3.0. This release brings support for desktop use cases and is a working drop-in replacement for PipeWire's example session manager.

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

Welcoming five new Collaborans!

July 09, 2020 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

Despite the many obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Collabora continues to build and strengthen its engineering and administration teams for the road ahead. Join us in welcoming Angelica, Raghavendra, Doug, Italo and Theodotos!

Welcoming five new Collaborans!

Monado: Multi-application support with XR_EXTX_overlay

June 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

The recent improvements in Monado like out of process compositing and multi-layer rendering released with v0.2 prepared the requirements to implement OpenXR's XR_EXTX_overlay extension.

Monado: Multi-application support with XR_EXTX_overlay

Embedded Linux & Open Source take the virtual stage

June 18, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collabora will be presenting on five separate occasions during the virtual editions of Embedded Linux Conference North America and Open Source Summit North America, taking place later this month.

Embedded Linux & Open Source take the virtual stage

Kernel 5.7: Forging ahead, despite COVID-19

June 04, 2020 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   News & Events

This latest release is the first to contain development work accomplished amid the lockdown measures. Despite these significant changes, Collaborans have also been steadfast in their contributions, with multiple projects progressing.

Kernel 5.7: Forging ahead, despite COVID-19

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