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Growing for the road ahead

June 21, 2021 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

Despite the many obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Collabora has continued to grow its teams for the road ahead. Join us in welcoming Kiril, Benjamin, Daniel, Shreeya, Ariel, Nicolas and James!

Growing for the road ahead

Bag of Freebies for XR Hand Tracking: Machine Learning & OpenXR

June 17, 2021 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

In our previous post, we presented a project backed by INVEST-AI which introduces a multi-stage neural network-based solution. Now let's dive into the machine learning details of our innovative, open source hand-tracking pipeline.

Bag of Freebies for XR Hand Tracking: Machine Learning & OpenXR

Testing cameras with lc-compliance on KernelCI

June 15, 2021 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   Blog

Initiated as a joint effort by the Google Chrome OS team and Collabora, the recent KernelCI hackfest brought the addition of new tests including the ability to detect regressions on the Linux kernel that can directly affect cameras.

Testing cameras with lc-compliance on KernelCI

Zink: Summer 2021 update

June 14, 2021 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   Blog

There's a lot that has happened in the world of Zink since my last update, so let's see if I can bring you up to date on the most important stuff, including upstream development, support for OpenGL 4.6 & GLES 3.1, and more.

Zink: Summer 2021 update

Open Source OpenGL ES 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

June 11, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Panfrost, the open source driver for Arm Mali, now supports OpenGL ES 3.1 on both Midgard (Mali T760 and newer) and Bifrost (Mali G31, G52, G72) GPUs, adding a number of features, notably including compute shaders.

Open Source OpenGL ES 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

June 07, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

We first announced our work on the driver last December, and posted an update earlier this year. We are now happy to announce a second update for this driver, adding several major features which increase its scope and utility.

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

June 02, 2021 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Simplifying AGL's existing Wayland-based graphical stack and avoiding the use of modules that aren't maintained upstream has lead to the creation of a new compositor based on libweston, bringing more reliable and fine-grained system control.

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

May 27, 2021 by Rohan Garg  |   News & Events

Thanks to a new, low overhead extension in Mesa, OpenGL and Vulkan applications can now talk to each other, bringing more flexibility to application developers while easing the transition path between the industry-standard Khronos® APIs.

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

Optimizing 3D performance with virglrenderer

May 17, 2021 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Collabora has been investing into Perfetto to enable driver authors & users to get deep insights into driver internals and GPU performance. Here's how we applied this work to study workloads on the virtualized VirGL implementation.

Optimizing 3D performance with virglrenderer

Mainline Linux gains accelerated video decoding for Microchip's SAMA5D4

May 11, 2021 by Emil Velikov  |   Blog

The Hantro Video4Linux2 (V4L2) kernel module has gained support for another SoC! The Microchip SAMA5D4 features a single decode unit supporting MPEG2, VP8 and H.264 streams, alongside the built-in post-processing unit.

Mainline Linux gains accelerated video decoding for Microchip's SAMA5D4

Quick hack: Patching kernel modules using DKMS

May 05, 2021 by Frederic Danis  |   Blog

DKMS is a framework that is mostly used to build and install external kernel modules. It can also be used to install a specific patch to the modules of the current kernel, such as applying a specific fix to the Bluetooth USB subsystem.

Quick hack: Patching kernel modules using DKMS

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

Network adaptive streaming with Hwangsaeul

February 08, 2021 by Jakub Adam  |   Blog

Hwangsaeul, or H8L, a remote surveillance streaming solution, utilizes the capability of libsrt to collect statistics from open SRT sockets and by continuously analyzing the available data tries to detect potential connectivity issues.

Network adaptive streaming with Hwangsaeul

Trimming apitrace workload captures for better Mesa testing

February 01, 2021 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Complex, real-world correctness tests and performance analysis are now possible thanks to gltrim, a new tool recently added to apitrace, designed to trim replayable traces to single, user-defined frames.

Trimming apitrace workload captures for better Mesa testing

GStreamer on Windows: adding WebRTC support to a gst-build install

January 28, 2021 by Aaron Boxer  |   Blog

Earlier this week, WebRTC became an official W3C and IETF standard. GStreamer has a powerful and rapidly maturing WebRTC implementation. So, the obvious question is: how do we build this on Windows?

GStreamer on Windows: adding WebRTC support to a gst-build install

Implementing a performance boosting algorithm in Coccinelle

January 21, 2021 by Jaskaran Singh  |   Blog

Last year, from June to September, I worked on the kernel development tool Coccinelle under Collabora. I implemented a performance boosting algorithm for one of Coccinelle's use cases. Here's a look at this work.

Implementing a performance boosting algorithm in Coccinelle

Desktop OpenGL 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

January 13, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

The open source Panfrost driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs now provides non-conformant OpenGL ES 3.0 on Bifrost and desktop OpenGL 3.1 on Midgard (Mali T760 and newer) and Bifrost, in time for Mesa's first release of 2021.

Desktop OpenGL 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

Empathy first: Driving growth through people leadership

November 30, 2020 by Eleni Katsoula  |   Blog

This year, the global pandemic has put a strain on us all. Motivation can become hard to maintain, worries can cloud our minds. Now more than ever, it is important to try and connect with our colleagues.

Empathy first: Driving growth through people leadership

Developing Wayland Color Management and High Dynamic Range

November 19, 2020 by Pekka Paalanen  |   Blog

Wayland is still lacking proper consideration for color management & support for high dynamic range (HDR) imagery. However, a group of developers has begun an effort to fix this situation. This is their story.

Developing Wayland Color Management and High Dynamic Range

A summer sprint: bringing near-native performance to Zink

November 06, 2020 by Mike Blumenkrantz  |   Blog

This week marks two years since the OpenGL implementation on Vulkan was initially announced. Since then, and especially over the past few months, much has progressed with many new features being added and performance now close to native (95%!).

A summer sprint: bringing near-native performance to Zink

From Panfrost to production, a tale of Open Source graphics

November 03, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Since our previous update on Panfrost, the open source stack for Arm's Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, we've focused on taking our driver from its reverse-engineered origins on Midgard to a mature stack.

From Panfrost to production, a tale of Open Source graphics

Engaging in an "Open First" remote internship at Collabora

October 20, 2020 by Gustavo Noronha  |   Blog

The concept of a remote internship may raise some doubts, or even red flags, for many students, as would remote jobs for professionals. As a result, we pay extra attention to how we onboard and support our interns.

Engaging in an "Open First" remote internship at Collabora

Building GStreamer text rendering and overlays on Windows with gst-build

September 28, 2020 by Aaron Boxer  |   Blog

GStreamer relies on various 2D font rendering and layout libraries such as Pango and Cairo to generate text for the Pango plugin, which contains elements such as textoverlay. Here's how to add the Pango plugin to a gst-build installation on Windows.

Building GStreamer text rendering and overlays on Windows with gst-build

Initcalls, part 2: Digging into implementation

September 25, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   Blog

In this second part of this blog post series on Linux kernel initcalls, we'll go deeper into implementation, with a look at the colorful __device_initcall() macro, the rootfs initcall, and how modules can be executed.

Initcalls, part 2: Digging into implementation

GStreamer 1.22: Bigger and better!

February 08, 2023 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

Improved support for hardware accelerated video decoders, new GTK+ integration for Wayland rendering, and further Meson enhancements to make GStreamer shine on embedded, Collabora's multimedia team made a number of key contributions for this latest release.

GStreamer 1.22: Bigger and better!

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

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