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How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Faith 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

Portable Linux gaming with the Steam Deck

March 01, 2022 by Simon McVittie  |   News & Events

Congratulations to Valve on the release of the Steam Deck, their new handheld gaming PC! With it comes a new release of SteamOS, complete with a brand new A/B design for seamless system updates.

Portable Linux gaming with the Steam Deck

New faces for new challenges

February 28, 2022 by Kara Bembrirdge  |   News & Events

As the globe still navigates the twists and turns of the times, Collabora can confidently say we've been steadily on the rise. We've added brand new members to our crew who are more than equipped to keep pace.

New faces for new challenges

GStreamer 1.20: Embedded & WebRTC lead the way

February 18, 2022 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

At the forefront of contributors for this latest release, our team's work focused on two areas in which we believe GStreamer shines the brightest: embedded systems, and network streaming, in particular WebRTC.

GStreamer 1.20: Embedded & WebRTC lead the way

Landing a new syscall: 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: What is futex?

FOSDEM 2022

February 01, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Kicking off in a matter of days, this jam-packed weekend will host over 50 devrooms and nearly 700 talks including an in-depth look at Mobian: an open-source project aimed at bringing Debian GNU/Linux to mobile devices.

FOSDEM 2022

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

Kernel 5.16: A new release for a new year

January 20, 2022 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

With kernel 5.16, the community has once again produced a release full of great features, including two projects that had been in development for some time by our kernel team: the new futex syscall and the new fanotify event.

Kernel 5.16: A new release for a new year

First up in 2022: linux.conf.au!

January 11, 2022 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The new year has only just begun, and already our first conference of 2022 is on the horizon. Join us at linux.conf.au, as we discuss bringing WebM Alpha support to GStreamer, and provide a status update on the futex2 syscall.

First up in 2022: linux.conf.au!

Booting on Radxa's Rock-5B without any media used

July 31, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

I have been working on getting U-boot upstream up to speed for the Radxa Rock-5B Rockchip RK3588 board. One of the cool features that I recently published upstream is the ability to boot the board without any kind of non-volatile media (NVM) used.

Booting on Radxa's Rock-5B without any media used

Radxa's Rock 5A one step closer to U-boot mainline

July 18, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

I previously talked about getting the bigger brother Rock 5B into mainline U-boot; this time I worked on the Rock 5A, an even tinier SBC based on Rockchip's RK3588S SoC that is one step closer to getting accepted.

Radxa's Rock 5A one step closer to U-boot mainline

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on Chrome OS, part 1

June 20, 2023 by Daniel Almeida  |   Blog

Powered by Rust, the video codec stack on ARCVM is now bringing faster and more reliable video decoding on Chrome OS. Here's how Collabora has been helping shape video virtualization for Chromebooks, and what it means for end users.

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on Chrome OS, part 1

WirePlumber's Event Dispatcher: a new, simplified way of handling PipeWire events

June 15, 2023 by Ashok Sidipotu  |   Blog

Event Dispatcher, part of the upcoming WirePlumber 0.5 release, is a custom PipeWire event scheduling mechanism designed to address many of the fundamental issues in WirePlumber.

WirePlumber's Event Dispatcher: a new, simplified way of handling PipeWire events

MLfix to quickly fix datasets

June 08, 2023 by Vineet Suryan  |   Blog

Contrary to traditional software development, data is more important than code in machine learning. Building a high-performing model requires using reliable, precisely labelled data but poor-quality data is not always obvious.

MLfix to quickly fix datasets

USB 3.0 preliminary support in U-boot for Radxa Rock-5B

May 31, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

A while back I presented USB 2.0 host support that was added to U-boot for the Radxa Rock-5B RK3588 Rockchip board. This time, USB 3.0 was added with support for the host and gadget.

USB 3.0 preliminary support in U-boot for Radxa Rock-5B

Radxa Rock-5B PCIe and RTL8125B networking in U-boot

May 18, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

Work continues on the Radxa ROCK5B RK388, as PCIe and RTL8125B networking support in U-boot have now been added. Publishing code as Open Source can benefit many different other projects, and allows anyone to benefit.

Radxa Rock-5B PCIe and RTL8125B networking in U-boot

Introducing Multiview for NVK

May 03, 2023 by Rebecca Mckeever  |   Blog

NVK, an open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware that is part of Mesa, now supports the Vulkan extension VK_KHR_multiview.

Introducing Multiview for NVK

Adding bootloader support for USB 2.0 Host for Radxa ROCK 5B RK3588

April 27, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

The beauty of Open Source is that we can reuse code written by many other people, keep their authorship, and credit them for their work, without needing to reinvent anything!

Adding bootloader support for USB 2.0 Host for Radxa ROCK 5B RK3588

Meson & VSCode: Develop your project in a modern IDE

April 18, 2023 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

Want to develop your Meson project in a modern IDE? Make sure to install Meson VSCode extension which is now fully functional with the recent release of Meson 1.1.0!

Meson & VSCode: Develop your project in a modern IDE

Carlafox: Towards reliable open-source 3D perception

April 05, 2023 by Vineet Suryan  |   Blog

Labeling errors are common in present open-source 3D perception datasets, which could have impactful consequences. To tackle this issue, we used Carlafox to automatically generate an error-free synthetic dataset for 3D perception.

Carlafox: Towards reliable open-source 3D perception

Implementing Vulkan extensions for NVK

March 10, 2023 by Rebecca McKeever  |   Blog

Since joining the graphics team at Collabora as a Software Engineering Intern last November, I have implemented several Vulkan API extensions for NVK, an open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware in Mesa.

Implementing Vulkan extensions for NVK

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

April brings tech events aplenty

April 20, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Spring is in bloom in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes three tech events we'll be attending - PyCon US, Shell & Display Next Hackfest, and Linaro Connect!

April brings tech events aplenty

Moving forward with more hands on deck

March 27, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

It’s no secret that Tech has faced some setbacks lately, namely on the headcount front. Despite these uncertainties, Collabora has had the privilege of increasing our roster with new teammates.

Moving forward with more hands on deck

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