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Google Summer of Code 2019

May 30, 2019 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few days ago, coding began for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects. Along with four GStreamer and Wayland related projects, this year's edition also includes two Debian projects for which Collaborans will be mentors.

Google Summer of Code 2019

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

May 23, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

With virtme, you can run a custom built kernel on top of our running root filesystem. In this post, we explore another example of virtme in action, and see how to test Video4Linux2 drivers on bleeding edge GStreamer builds.

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

May 16, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Introducing cmtp-responder - a permissively licensed Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) responder implementation which allows embedded devices to provide MTP services and supports a core set of MTP operations.

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

May 14, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Up until now, talking in-depth about userspace tracing was deliberately avoided because it merits special treatment, hence this part devoted to it. We'll now look at the why of it, and we'll examine eBPF user tracing in two categories: static and dynamic.

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

Linux Kernel 5.1

May 09, 2019 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

Earlier this week, Linux Kernel 5.1 was released, and with it came over 13,000 commits from developers all around the world, including Collaborans. This time around, no less than 12 different developers contributed commits (64), sign-offs (111) & more.

Linux Kernel 5.1

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

May 08, 2019 by Santosh Mahto  |   Blog

After a successful team effort, the patch enabling the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Ozone builds to run with different platform backends, such as Wayland, has finally landed upstream.

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

May 06, 2019 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

After a year-long development cycle, the much anticipated release was made available recently. With it came a number of exciting new features we're especially proud of, including per-element latency tracer and support for planar or non-interleaved audio.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

May 06, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Now that we've studied the mainstream way of developing and using eBPF programs on top of the low-level VM mechanisms, we'll look at projects taking different approaches, attempting solutions to some of the unique problems faced by embedded Linux.

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

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

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

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

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

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

May 27, 2020 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Device drivers can support more revisions and SoC platforms by abstracting away specific hardware interface layouts. Let's examine a specific instance of this process, namely the effort to make the MIPI DSI host controller driver more generic.

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

May 15, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

gst-build is one of the main build systems used by the community to develop the GStreamer platform. In my last blog post, I presented gst-build and explained how to get started with it. Now, let's get straight to the point regarding cross-compilation.

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

May 12, 2020 by Andre Almeida  |   Blog

In part 2 of this series on syzkaller, we looked at how to install the tool and use it to improve our code base. Now, how does syzkaller report a bug it finds in the execution path of a system call? Let's add a new syscall description and see how it goes.

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

May 07, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

An in-depth look at WirePlumber, the modular and extensible session manager for PipeWire that brings advanced device management, policy control and security enforcement capabilities.

WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

April 28, 2020 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

With Rust gaining traction among the GStreamer community as an alternative to C to write applications and plugins, we began wondering, could the size of such Rust plugins be a problem for embedded systems?

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

April 23, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

The Panfrost project building a free, Open Source graphics driver for modern Mali GPUs has reached a new milestone: the first 3D render, including basic texture support, on a Bifrost chip (Mali G31)!

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

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

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

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!

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

May 18, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few weeks ago, Ryan Pavlik presented "Unifying Reality: Building Experiences with OpenXR", a master class on OpenXR, the open standard API for building VR and AR experiences that work across devices, now and into the future.

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

May 08, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

Sponsored by Valve, this latest release of the Open Source project which enables interaction with traditional desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE, in VR, brings the largest amount of changes yet, with many new features and architectural improvements.

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

April 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

A new monado-service binary and out of process compositor has landed in Monado, the fully Open Source OpenXR runtime for Linux! Here's a demo of the compositor's new abilities running with the new Blender OpenXR VR Session.

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

Say hello to the newest Collaborans!

April 21, 2020 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

In these times of disruption and uncertainty, how about some positive news for a change? Let's take a moment to celebrate the newest members of our engineering and administration teams: Mylène, Christopher, Melissa, Ricardo and Leandro!

Say hello to the newest Collaborans!

Projects and progress in Linux kernel 5.6

March 31, 2020 by Helen Koike  |   News & Events

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, Linux kernel development continues. Here's a look at the various projects Collaborans have been involved in, and the progress made in kernel 5.6, which was released over the weekend.

Projects and progress in Linux kernel 5.6

Linaro Tech Days: Wayland, Weston & Open Source GPU drivers

March 30, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

This week, Daniel Stone and Tomeu Vizoso will be taking part in Linaro Tech Days, a series of technical sessions presented live online via Zoom webinar and streamed on YouTube. These sessions are free to attend and open to the public!

Linaro Tech Days: Wayland, Weston & Open Source GPU drivers

Introducing OpenCL and OpenGL on DirectX

March 24, 2020 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   News & Events

Today, Collabora is excited to announce a partnership with Microsoft to build OpenCL and OpenGL mapping layers on DirectX, in order to bring OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 3.3 support to all Windows and DirectX 12 enabled devices.

Introducing OpenCL and OpenGL on DirectX

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