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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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Summer of Code 2020

June 01, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Coding hss begun for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects, announced earlier last month. The 2020 edition selected 1,199 students from 66 countries, to work with 199 mentoring organizations over the course of the summer.

Google Summer of Code 2020

Monado OpenXR runtime development gaining momentum: version 0.2, multi-layer support & more!

May 29, 2020 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

With the excellent (online) edition of Augmented World Expo 2020 in full swing this week, what better time to announce version 0.2 of the Monado OpenXR runtime for Linux. It's been a very busy three months since the last Monado developer update!

Monado OpenXR runtime development gaining momentum: version 0.2, multi-layer support & more!

A Panfrost milestone

January 07, 2019 by Tomeu Vizoso  |   Blog

Panfrost, a project that delivers an open source implementation of a driver for the newest versions of the Mali family of GPUs, now includes support for running Wayland compositors and zero-copy GPU-accelerated clients.

A Panfrost milestone

A dream come true: Android is finally using DRM/KMS

December 17, 2018 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

Released a few months ago, the Google Pixel 3 is the first Android phone running with the mainline graphics stack. A feat that was deemed impossible 10 years ago is now a reality thanks to a lot of hard work from the entire community.

A dream come true: Android is finally using DRM/KMS

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

NVK Has landed!

August 04, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

As of today, NVK, the new Vulkan driver for Nvidia GPUs, has landed in the main Mesa branch and will be included as an experimental driver in the 23.3 release of Mesa.

NVK Has landed!

EOSS - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

July 27, 2023 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

If you weren't able to attend Embedded Open Source Summit in Prague last month, you're in luck as all presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube.

EOSS - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

The next step for NVK: Merging into Mesa!

July 26, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

After months of work, led by Collabora's own Faith Ekstrand, Red Hat's Karol Herbst, and numerous open source contributors, NVK is now considered ready to be merged into the main Mesa project.

The next step for NVK: Merging into Mesa!

A helping Arm for Panfrost

July 20, 2023 by Daniel Stone  |   News & Events

Collabora continues to relentlessly shift the needle to make high-quality open-source software not just an aspiration, but an expectation. We're pleased to announce an extension of our collaboration with Arm, providing more surety and capability for Panfrost.

A helping Arm for Panfrost

A weekend for developers

July 13, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

With Black Valley in Norway, and Akademy in Greece, this weekend's plans are all set or computer enthusiasts! Collabora is proud to sponsor both of these events as a chance for communities to come together and strengthen their bonds.

A weekend for developers

Zink brings conformant OpenGL on Imagination GPUs

July 06, 2023 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   News & Events

Today, Imagination Technologies announced they are now using Zink for full OpenGL 4.6 support. This is the first time we've seen a hardware vendor trust Zink enough to completely side-step a native OpenGL driver and use it in a shipping product.

Zink brings conformant OpenGL on Imagination GPUs

Kernel 6.4: More work on MediaTek, Rockchip, and power supply

July 05, 2023 by Rogerio Alves Cardoso  |   News & Events

Released last week, Linux kernel 6.4 brings new features such as support for Intel LAM, user events for tracing, and the ability for the machine keyrings used for Machine Owner Keys to store only CA-enforced keys.

Kernel 6.4: More work on MediaTek, Rockchip, and power supply

NVK update: Enabling new extensions, conformance status & more

June 26, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

Looking back, it's amazing how much has happened in NVK in just the last 7 months. If development continues at this crazy pace, we may be looking at a pretty decent driver before too much longer.

NVK update: Enabling new extensions, conformance status & more

Ready to embark for Embedded Open Source Summit

June 22, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Taking place at the Prague Congress Centre from June 27 to 30, this new 4-day umbrella event brings multiple conferences, including Automotive Linux Summit (ALS) and Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), all under one roof.

Ready to embark for Embedded Open Source Summit

Making new strides at AWE

May 29, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Set in the heart of Silicon Valley, XR enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting to see the latest advancements on display at Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2023.

Making new strides at AWE

Weston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

May 25, 2023 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Released last week, Weston 12.0 brings a number of highlights including two new backends, support for multiple scanout devices, and the addition of new protocol implementations. Here's a look at some of the changes that have landed in this new version.

Weston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

Kernel 6.3: MediaTek, Rockchip RK3588 & more

April 25, 2023 by Muhammad Usama Anjum  |   News & Events

Released earlier this week, Linux Kernel 6.3 brings thousands of new lines of code to improve the core kernel, architectural support, networking and filesystems.

Kernel 6.3: MediaTek, Rockchip RK3588 & more

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