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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

Release: libnice 0.1.14

April 03, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Today, Olivier Crête, libnice maintainer and Collabora Multimedia Lead, announced the availability of libnice 0.1.14, the latest release of the NAT traversal library implementing the RFC for Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE).

Release: libnice 0.1.14

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

Collabora in Linux Format

March 22, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Check out the April issue (#222) of Linux Format magazine for our new monthly column on all things Open Source, including graphics, multimedia and more!

Collabora in Linux Format

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

Two weeks, four events!

March 07, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Over the next two weeks, Collaborans will be present at four different events across the globe. If you plan on attending at any of these conferences, please reach out and say hello!

Two weeks, four events!

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

Building Android for Qemu: A Step-by-Step Guide

September 02, 2016 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Developing Linux for Android on Qemu allows you to do some things that are not necessarily possible using the stock emulator. For my purposes I need access to a GPU and be able to modify the driver, which is where Virgilrenderer and Qemu comes in handy.

Building Android for Qemu: A Step-by-Step Guide

Increased performance of emulated NVMe devices

August 23, 2016 by Helen Fornazier  |   Blog

Nowadays, in Google Cloud Engine (GCE), it is possible to attach a local SSD with the NVMe interface to your virtual machine. Unfortunately, you only get a good number of iops (input/output operations per second) if you instantiate a machine with nvme-backports-debian-7-wheezy…

Increased performance of emulated NVMe devices

Thoughts about reviewing large patchsets

August 12, 2016 by Philip Withnall  |   Blog

I have recently been involved in reviewing some large feature patchsets for a project at work, and thought it might be interesting to discuss some of the principles we have been trying to stick to when going about these reviews.

Thoughts about reviewing large patchsets

OpenGL 4.4 for Intel Linux Drivers

August 05, 2016 by Timothy Arceri  |   Blog

For years the open source Linux OpenGL drivers have been playing catchup to the proprietary drivers and in the case of Intel hardware to the Windows driver. Recently, a major milestone was reached in bridging this gap with the enablement of OpenGL 4.4…

OpenGL 4.4 for Intel Linux Drivers

Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.7

July 26, 2016 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

Linux Kernel 4.7 was released this week with a total of 36 contributions from five Collabora engineers. It includes the first contributions from Helen as Collaboran and the first ever contributions on the kernel from Robert Foss. Here are some of the…

Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.7

GStreamer Echo Canceller

July 08, 2016 by Nicolas Dufresne  |   Blog

For a long time I believed that echo cancellers had no place inside GStreamer. The theory was that GStreamer was too high level and would never be able to provide accurate enough delay information for any canceller to work.

GStreamer Echo Canceller

Introducing GStreamer VR Plug-ins and SPHVR

July 04, 2016 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   Blog

The dawn of VR video players demand new features in terms of projection and hardware access. In his recent R&D work, a Collaboran implemented a way to view spherical videos with GStreamer on a Virtual Reality headset. In this article, he gives his thoughts…

Introducing GStreamer VR Plug-ins and SPHVR

SVVR 2016: Virtual reality in the Valley

June 27, 2016 by Frédéric Plourde  |   Blog

I’ve been fortunate enough lately to attend the largest virtual reality professional event/conference : SVVR. This virtual reality conference’s been held each year in the Silicon Valley for 3 years now. This year, it showcased more than 100 VR companies…

SVVR 2016: Virtual reality in the Valley

GTK Hackfest 2016

June 22, 2016 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

I'm back from the GTK hackfest in Toronto, Canada and mostly recovered from jetlag, so it's time to write up my notes on what we discussed there.

GTK Hackfest 2016

GStreamer leaks tracer

June 20, 2016 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

At Collabora, our multimedia team is always looking to improve QA tools in GStreamer. This blog introduces a new QA tool: a GStreamer tracer to track leaked objects.

GStreamer leaks tracer

Linux Kernel: memory corruption - debug tricks

June 10, 2016 by Helen Fornazier  |   Blog

When the kernel crashes, it's good to know how to analyze the log and to discover exactly where the error occurred. This blog post shows a simple technique to retrieve the buggy line from the addresses shown in the log and also enabling specifics logs…

Linux Kernel: memory corruption - debug tricks

Flatpak on Debian

June 06, 2016 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

Quite a lot has happened in xdg-app since last time I blogged about it. Most noticeably, it isn't called xdg-app any more, having been renamed to Flatpak. It is now available in Debian experimental under that name, and the xdg-app package that was briefly…

Flatpak on Debian

FOSDEM back in full force for 2023

January 20, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

After two years of hosting the event virtually, Brussels will once again welcome attendees on February 4 & 5 on the old stomping grounds of the ULB Solbosch Campus. Collabora will be presenting 8 different talks, in 7 devrooms as well as on the main track!

FOSDEM back in full force for 2023

Always growing, always evolving

December 29, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

With only a few months passing since our last new joiner update, it should come as no surprise that the Collabora crowd has expanded yet again. Our flexible disposition affords us an exceptional bunch to onboard when opportunity knocks.

Always growing, always evolving

Faith Ekstrand is a 2022 Khronie Award recipient!

December 19, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Contributing to the Vulkan Working Group since 2015, Faith has continues to make a significant impact. Her expertise and diligence has helped to shape the group and we're proud to see his hard work see some well earned spotlight.

Faith Ekstrand is a 2022 Khronie Award recipient!

Kernel 6.1: Multi-generational improvements

December 13, 2022 by AngeloGioacchino Del Regno  |   News & Events

Collabora's contributions include ongoing upstreaming of the RockChip RK3588 and MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) SoCs, numerous bug fixes and improvements for Cedrus and Hantro IPs, and memory shrinker support for the VirtIO-GPU driver.

Kernel 6.1: Multi-generational improvements

Wine on Wayland 2022 update: more games, more apps, more fun!

December 12, 2022 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

The focus in 2022 was on maturing the Wayland driver and keeping up to date with the Wine upstream internal changes, which involved updating it for the latest internal driver APIs, and making preparations to support WoW64.

Wine on Wayland 2022 update: more games, more apps, more fun!

KernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

December 06, 2022 by Adrian Ratiu  |   News & Events

After waiting in the Linux-next integration tree for about 18 months, the basic Rust infrastructure finally landed in the mainline Linux kernel with the imminent release of v6.1.

KernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

Shifting to open gears for the Automotive Linux Summit

December 01, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Coming up next week at the Automotive Linux Summit in Yokohama and virtually, Marius Vlad and Daniel Stone will present the latest on the AGL Wayland compositor, and the current state of graphics virtualization upstream.

Shifting to open gears for the Automotive Linux Summit

Seizing knowledge at Capitole du Libre

November 16, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Clear your schedules, this weekend's Capitole du Libre is calling your name for all things open source! Gathering in the "Pink City" of Toulouse, participants are welcome to attend with free admission from November 19 to 20 at the INP-ENSEEIHT.

Seizing knowledge at Capitole du Libre

Fully charged for electronica 2022

November 10, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Making our grand debut, Collabora will be attending electronica in Munich for the first time! Diving into the world of electronics alongside the leading examples of the industry, we're excited to partake on all fronts.

Fully charged for electronica 2022

Kernel 6.0: Start of a new series and dawn of Rust

October 14, 2022 by Shreeya Patel  |   News & Events

Collabora's contributions include mainlining the HEVC uAPI, adding VirtIO documentation, upstreaming MediaTek smartphones, and adding support for two new Chromebooks and for the Mali-G57 GPU in the Panfrost kernel driver.

Kernel 6.0: Start of a new series and dawn of Rust

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 Faith 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

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