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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

FOSSCOMM

October 12, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

We're headed to Heraklion, Greece, to meet with the Panhellenic FOSS community at FOSSCOMM, a conference for programmers, students and anyone else interested in the open source movement!

FOSSCOMM

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

Paris, A Coruna & Berlin

September 20, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Next week, Collaborans will be heading to Paris, A Coruña & Berlin, to sponsor and speak at four different conferences: Embedded Recipes, Kernel Recipes, All Systems Go and XDC 2018. See you there?

Paris, A Coruna & Berlin

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

Open Source at IBC

September 10, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

From September 14 to 18, Collabora will be exhibiting at the IBC Show 2018, the "world's most influential media, entertainment and technology show"! If you are planning on attending, please make sure to stop by our booth, D-15 in Hall 14!

Open Source at IBC

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

Open Source Summit

August 28, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Starting tomorrow, Collaborans will be in beautiful British Columbia to take part, and speak, in this year's Open Source Summit North America! If you are planning on attending, come say hello or catch one of our presentations!

Open Source Summit

Quick hack: git reset upstream

August 27, 2018 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Working with a git based project that has a defacto upstream repository means that you perioducally want to fetch the canonical master branch. This can be simplified with a .gitconfig alias.

Quick hack: git reset upstream

En route to a robust GPU device selection in GL

August 21, 2018 by Emil Velikov  |   Blog

A look at the work and motivation behind implementing the Khronos EGLDevice extensions in Mesa. These extensions allow users of open source graphics drivers to cleanly describe & select which device to use in heterogeneous systems.

En route to a robust GPU device selection in GL

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Jason Ekstrand  |   Blog

An incredible amount has changed in Mesa and in the Vulkan ecosystems since we wrote the first Vulkan driver in Mesa for Intel hardware back in 2015. Not only has Vulkan grown, but Mesa has as well.

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

Improving the reliability of file system monitoring tools

March 14, 2022 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Every file system used in production has tools to try to recover from system crashes. To provide a better infrastructure for those tools, our kernel team developed FAN_FS_ERROR, a new fanotify event which monitors error notifications.

Improving the reliability of file system monitoring tools

PipeWire: A year in review & a look ahead

March 08, 2022 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

The PipeWire project made major strides over the past few years, bringing shiny new features, and paving the way for new possibilities in the Linux multimedia scene. A look what was accomplished in 2021, and what lies ahead for 2022.

PipeWire: A year in review & a look ahead

Landing a new syscall, part 1: What is futex?

February 08, 2022 by André Almeida  |   Blog

Over the past 18 months, we have been on a roller-coaster ride developing futex2, a new set of system calls. As part of this effort, the futex_waitv() syscall has now landed in Linux 5.16. But what exactly is futex?

Landing a new syscall, part 1: What is futex?

Writing an open source GPU driver - without the hardware

January 27, 2022 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Until now, no Valhall devices (Mali-G57, Mali-G78) ran mainline Linux - whilst this made driver development obviously difficult, there’s no better time to write drivers than before the devices even get into the hands of end users.

Writing an open source GPU driver - without the hardware

A Pixel's Color & new documentation repository

January 25, 2022 by Pekka Paalanen  |   Blog

My work on Wayland and Weston color management and HDR support has been full of learning new concepts and terms. Many of them are crucial for understanding how color works, and what the values in a pixel actually mean.

A Pixel's Color & new documentation repository

Wine on Wayland year-end update: improved functionality & stability

December 22, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

It has been just over a year since we first announced our effort to implement a Wayland driver for Wine. Here's a recap of what has been done since then to improve both the functionality and stability of the driver.

Wine on Wayland year-end update: improved functionality & stability

Venus on QEMU: Enabling the new virtual Vulkan driver

November 26, 2021 by Antonio Caggiano  |   Blog

A step-by-step guide on how to enable 3D acceleration of Vulkan applications in QEMU through the new Venus experimental Vulkan driver for VirtIO-GPU with a local development environment.

Venus on QEMU: Enabling the new virtual Vulkan driver

Run your own CI pipeline with GStreamer's new monorepo

October 26, 2021 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

Maintaining a non-trivial set of GStreamer patches can be tricky. Thanks to the recent move to a single, unified git repo, you can now easily run a GStreamer continuous integration pipeline on your own GitLab instance. Here's how.

Run your own CI pipeline with GStreamer's new monorepo

Improving test coverage for cameras in KernelCI

October 08, 2021 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   Blog

Earlier this year, I joined Collabora as an intern to work on improving testing in libcamera and automating it through KernelCI. Having recently completed the internship, here's a look back at this experience and what was accomplished.

Improving test coverage for cameras in KernelCI

A tale of two toolchains and glibc

September 30, 2021 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

With the LLVM toolchain seeing increasing development and adoption alongside the older, more established GNU toolchain, projects needing to support both, in particular the GNU C library (glibc), are facing challenges and questions.

A tale of two toolchains and glibc

An xrdesktop summer of code

September 10, 2021 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   Blog

This summer, Christoph Haag and I had the pleasure of taking part in Google Summer of Code as mentors for xrdesktop, the Open Source project bringing the Linux desktop to VR on Valve's SteamVR & Monado. Here's what was accomplished.

An xrdesktop summer of code

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

Wine on Wayland: An exciting first update

February 19, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

Two months ago we announced a first proposal for a Wayland driver for Wine, the compatibility layer for Windows applications. Here's an update on this effort, which contains more details and instructions for building and running the Wayland driver.

Wine on Wayland: An exciting first update

New year, new kernel: Collabora's contributions to Linux 5.11

February 17, 2021 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   News & Events

The first kernel release of 2021 brings a number of highlights contributed by Collaborans, including the new Syscall User Dispatch mechanism, and the destaging of both the H.264 stateless decoding interface and the Rockchip ISP driver.

New year, new kernel: Collabora's contributions to Linux 5.11

Monado 21.0.0, an officially conformant OpenXR implementation!

February 15, 2021 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

Monado, the OpenXR runtime for Linux, is now officially conformant! In recognition of this milestone, a first major release version of the OpenXR runtime for Linux is now available, bringing with it a SteamVR driver!

Monado 21.0.0, an officially conformant OpenXR implementation!

One weekend, two conferences

January 19, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Join us as our 2021 conference schedule gets underway this weekend with the virtual editions of linux.conf.au and MiniDebConf India! Collaborans will be giving talks on recent projects including futex2, and Open Source AI video analytics with Panfrost.

One weekend, two conferences

A Wayland driver for Wine

December 15, 2020 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

After several months of work, we are excited to announce a first proposal for a Wayland driver for Wine. The proposal is in the form of an RFC, in order to explore how to best move forward with the upstreaming and further development of the driver.

A Wayland driver for Wine

Kernel 5.10: Rockchip, H.264, Bifrost & more!

December 14, 2020 by Ricardo Cañuelo Navarro  |   News & Events

Even amidst the chaos and uncertainty that 2020 brought, Linux Kernel development keeps moving forward at a constant and relentless pace. Collabora remains active, developing, maintaining, documenting and testing many parts of the kernel.

Kernel 5.10: Rockchip, H.264, Bifrost & more!

Linux App Summit 2020

November 12, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Starting today, and running until Saturday, join us at Linux App Summit for a look at Linux graphics, PipeWire, our work with Valve, and a virtual office hour with our Engineering Manager!

Linux App Summit 2020

Monado update: Passing conformance, Android support & more

November 02, 2020 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

Monado 0.4 OpenXR runtime introduces initial support for Android and passes all of the OpenXR conformance tests with both OpenGL and Vulkan on desktop with a simulated device.

Monado update: Passing conformance, Android support & more

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