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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!

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

A growth year for upstream kernel contributions

December 22, 2021 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News & Events

With over 350 patches authored and nearly 200 reviewed and tested in multiple subsystems, 2021 was a great year for Linux kernel development at Collabora. Here is a look at some of our achievements during the year.

A growth year for upstream kernel contributions

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

December 20, 2021 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

The Linux desktop in VR goes headless! Introducing wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop based on wlroots, with minimal dependencies.

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

Open Source in Japan, virtually

December 08, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A year of online conferences that began with linux.conf.au will end on a high note next week as Collaborans present three talks at Open Source Summit Japan + Automotive Linux Summit 2021. Join us!

Open Source in Japan, virtually

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

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

November 10, 2021 by Sebastian Reichel  |   News & Events

It might be smaller than the last few kernels, but with well above 10,000 non-merge changes, the latest Linux kernel release still packs a punch. Released on October 31, kernel 5.15 brings lots of exciting new features.

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

November 02, 2021 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

Today marks a very exciting day as Fedora 35 has now been released, and with it comes WirePlumber as the default session manager for PipeWire! Under development by Collabora since 2019, WirePlumber has now entered the linux desktop space.

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

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

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

Alyssa Rosenzweig receives Google Open Source Peer Bonus

April 20, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   Blog

Google Open Source has announced their 2020 first quarter Google Open Source Peer Bonus winners, and Alyssa Rosenzweig, Software Engineer at Collabora, is among the recipients!

Alyssa Rosenzweig receives Google Open Source Peer Bonus

Using syzkaller, part 2: Detecting programming bugs in the Linux kernel

April 17, 2020 by Andre Almeida  |   Blog

In my previous blog post, we discussed the importance of testing, what is fuzzing, and how the syzkaller fuzzes the kernel in order to find bugs. Now, let’s install the tool and starting using it to improve our code base.

Using syzkaller, part 2: Detecting programming bugs in the Linux kernel

Open Source software releases: Q1 2020 recap

April 14, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   Blog

Open Source software development thrives on remote collaboration, and continues to do so in 2020, with multiple projects announcing releases in the first quarter.

Open Source software releases: Q1 2020 recap

Clean, reliable setup for dependency installation

April 10, 2020 by Pekka Paalanen  |   Blog

When you work on a piece of software, you usually want to be able to build and test it manually on your local system, but without compromising your system or destabilizing the distribution provided software.

Clean, reliable setup for dependency installation

Adding mainline Arm Frame Buffer Compression support for Rockchip

April 08, 2020 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Rockchip SoCs, notably the RK3399, are popular in devices such as Chromebooks and single-board computers. Indeed, they bring some interesting features, one of them being the Arm Frame Buffer Compression (AFBC).

Adding mainline Arm Frame Buffer Compression support for Rockchip

Using syzkaller, part 1: Fuzzing the Linux kernel

March 26, 2020 by Andre Almeida  |   Blog

With the code base of the Linux kernel constantly changing and deployed in devices around the world, performing proper testing is crucial. Here's a look at syzkaller, a valuable tool widely adopted by the kernel community to detect bugs in the kernel.

Using syzkaller, part 1: Fuzzing the Linux kernel

Generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to your needs

September 16, 2021 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   News & Events

GStreamer can be tricky to ship in a constrained device. Thanks to a partnership with Huawei, you can now use gst-build to generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to a specific application, or set of applications. Here's how.

Generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to your needs

Kernel 5.14: 30 years in the making and still improving

September 07, 2021 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   News & Events

With an ever-increasing interest in more modern hardware support, and a more reliable kernel that is thoroughly tested, contributions by Collabora's developers continue to help make this a reality for the Linux kernel.

Kernel 5.14: 30 years in the making and still improving

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

September 01, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

September's busy conference schedule kicks off next week with the Fall edition of Linaro Virtual Connect. Join us as we look at how to master your PipeWire streams with WirePlumber, and de-mystify GFX virtualization with VirGL!

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

July 20, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

After a month of reverse-engineering the Arm Mali G78, we’re excited to release documentation on the Valhall instruction set, available as a PDF, as well as a Valhall assembler and disassembler to be used as a reverse-engineering aid.

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

July 08, 2021 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   News & Events

Collabora's team working directly on the Linux kernel is growing. Collaborans continue to expand on their efforts to close the gap between hardware support on vendor trees and mainline.

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

June 21, 2021 by Shreeya Patel  |   News & Events

Earlier this month, Collabora took part in the very first KernelCI hackfest, initiated as a joint effort with the Google Chrome OS team. Here's a look at what led to our participation and what was accomplished.

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

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

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

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

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