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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 eBPF overview, part 2: Machine & bytecode

April 15, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

The second part of this series takes a more in-depth look at the eBPF VM and program studied in the first part. Having this low level knowledge is not mandatory but can be a very useful foundation for the rest of the series.

An eBPF overview, part 2: Machine & bytecode

GStreamer support for the RIST Specification

April 09, 2019 by Nicolas Dufresne  |   News & Events

Collabora contributes elements implementing the RIST Simple Profile to GStreamer. This specification adds retransmissions to RTP streams in a way that it compatible with existing broadcast encoders and decoders.

GStreamer support for the RIST Specification

An eBPF overview, part 1: Introduction

April 05, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Interested in learning more about low-level specifics of the eBPF stack? Read on as we take a deep dive, from its VM mechanisms and tools, to running traces on remote, resource-constrained embedded devices.

An eBPF overview, part 1: Introduction

Running Android next to Wayland

April 01, 2019 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

It's now possible to run Android applications in the same graphical environment as regular Wayland Linux applications with full 3D acceleration. Here's a look at SPURV, our experimental containerized Android environment.

Running Android next to Wayland

Linaro Connect meets Panfrost

March 29, 2019 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Next week, Collaborans will be in Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the 25th edition of Linaro Connect, a gathering of the world's leading open source engineers working on Arm. Tomeu Vizoso and Gustavo Padovan will be in attendance to present Panfrost.

Linaro Connect meets Panfrost

Modern USB gadget on Linux & how to integrate it with systemd (Part 2)

March 27, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

In the previous post I introduced you to the subject of USB gadgets implemented as machines running Linux. In this post, we look at how to implement your very own USB function with FunctionFS and how to integrate that with systemd.

Modern USB gadget on Linux & how to integrate it with systemd (Part 2)

Bootstraping a minimal Arch Linux image

March 20, 2019 by André Almeida  |   Blog

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a functional and simple Arch Linux virtual machine image, that can have network access, display graphical windows and share a folder with the host.

Bootstraping a minimal Arch Linux image

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

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

January 26, 2017 by Gustavo Padovan  |   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

HEVC uAPI mainlined

October 06, 2022 by Benjamin Gaignard  |   News & Events

The release of Linux 6.0 earlier this week brought a significant milestone: the H.265/HEVC user-space API was mainlined, the result of more than two years of efforts by our engineering team.

HEVC uAPI mainlined

Introducing NVK

October 04, 2022 by Jason Ekstrand  |   News & Events

Say hello to a brand new, open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware in Mesa, written almost entirely from scratch using the new official headers from NVIDIA.

Introducing NVK

Weston 11.0: what's new, what's next

September 29, 2022 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Announced earlier this week, Weston 11.0 brings a number of highlights including optimizations in the DRM-backend, color management infrastructure code and multiple RDP improvements.

Weston 11.0: what's new, what's next

Three conferences for the price of none!

September 29, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

This year's X. Org Developer's Conference (XDC) is teaming up with WineConf and FOSS XR in Minneapolis at the University of St. Thomas' Opus Hall for a jam-packed three day event.

Three conferences for the price of none!

A team that grows together, builds together

September 27, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Adding a variety of expertise from across the globe, the departments of Core, Multimedia, Kernel, XR, People Operations, and DevOps now have more hands on deck. Discover a snapshot of our newest teammates!

A team that grows together, builds together

A busy, open source week in Dublin!

September 12, 2022 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Mere weeks after the debut of Open Source Summit Latin America, Dublin continues the collaborative momentum with the 2022 hybrid editions of Linux Plumbers Conference and Open Source Summit Europe!

A busy, open source week in Dublin!

Open source machine learning at IBC 2022

September 06, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Showcasing two new software demonstrations featuring machine learning, including backend video compression that runs on Panfrost, and a data quality assurance tool designed to integrate into the annotation pipeline.

Open source machine learning at IBC 2022

Last chance to submit to FOSS XR!

August 30, 2022 by Frédéric Plourde  |   News & Events

Be part of the FOSSXR lineup by submitting your talk by September 5th, 2022. That means there's one week left for all you AR and VR enthusiasts and industry movers to share your exciting XR projects/news/demos with the world.

Last chance to submit to FOSS XR!

Fostering connections at Open Source Summit Latin America

August 16, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

A magnet for open source supporters, the very first edition of Open Source Summit Latin America is opening its virtual doors. This new annual conference takes place online from August 23 to 24 with 5 talks from Collabora's very own!

Fostering connections at Open Source Summit Latin America

Kernel 5.19: Probably the final release of the 5.x series

August 02, 2022 by Cristian Ciocaltea  |   News & Events

As usual, there are quite a few changes merged into the mainline kernel. Let's take a look at some of the contributions by Collabora's kernel team!

Kernel 5.19: Probably the final release of the 5.x series

Weston 10.0.1 - a bug-fix release

July 05, 2022 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

The latest release of Weston was made on February 1, 2022. Meanwhile, a few bugs were discovered and we decided to do a bug-fix release, which we haven't had in several years.

Weston 10.0.1 - a bug-fix release

Adding even more heads for the group picture

June 21, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Part steadfast approach - part welcoming spirirt; Collabora continues to successfully expand with new talent amply on deck. Well ahead of the remote work curve, our new joiners have settled into their roles from their respective corners of the planet.

Adding even more heads for the group picture

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August 8-11, Phoenix, AZ, USA

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