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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

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

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

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

Getting started with GStreamer's gst-build

March 19, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

GStreamer relies on multiple repositories such as base and good to build its ecosystem, and now owns more than 30 projects in Gitlab. So, a unified tool/build system has always been necessary to build a specified version.

Getting started with GStreamer's gst-build

Why remote working can be good for people, business and environment

March 10, 2020 by Olivier Potin  |   Blog

Here at Collabora, we trust our people to work remotely, we give them full responsibility for their output, and we believe it helps creating an even stronger internal culture and comes with some other positives.

Why remote working can be good for people, business and environment

PipeWire, the media service transforming the Linux multimedia landscape

March 05, 2020 by Julian Bouzas  |   Blog

PipeWire 0.3 was released a few days ago, marking a big step forward in the effort of making this emerging media service the core layer of all multimedia on Linux.

PipeWire, the media service transforming the Linux multimedia landscape

Experimental Panfrost GLES 3.0 support has landed in Mesa

February 27, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Panfrost's ES 3.0 support has landed in upstream Mesa and works with a mainline Linux kernel. The support is still early, but if you're feeling adventurous, feel free to give it a try on your favourite ES 3.0 applications and games.

Experimental Panfrost GLES 3.0 support has landed in Mesa

Monado OpenXR runtime developer update

February 25, 2020 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

Ever since announcing the project at GDC 2019, we have been working on improving the full open source XR stack to a usable state. Today, we are very happy to tag version 0.1 of the Monado OpenXR runtime for Linux!

Monado OpenXR runtime developer update

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

Open Source meets Super Resolution, part 1

September 21, 2020 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

Introducing an accurate and light-weight deep network for video super-resolution upscaling, running on a completely open source software stack using Panfrost, the free and open-source graphics driver for Mali GPUs.

Open Source meets Super Resolution, part 1

Integrating libcamera into PipeWire

September 11, 2020 by Raghavendra Rao  |   Blog

PipeWire continues to evolve with the recent integration of libcamera, a library to support complex cameras. In this blog post, I'll explain why libcamera exists, what it does, and how we integrated it in PipeWire.

Integrating libcamera into PipeWire

Pushing pixels to your Chromebook

August 31, 2020 by Emil Velikov  |   Blog

A high-level introduction of the Linux graphics stack, how it is used within ChromeOS, and the work done to improve software rendering (while simultaneously improving GPU rendering by reducing the boilerplate needed in applications).

Pushing pixels to your Chromebook

Using the Linux kernel's Case-insensitive feature in Ext4

August 27, 2020 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Last year, a (controversial) feature was added to the Linux kernel to support optimized case-insensitive file name lookups in the Ext4 filesystem. Here's a look at why this was merged, what improvements have been made since, and how to put it to work.

Using the Linux kernel's Case-insensitive feature in Ext4

Panfrost performance counters with Perfetto

August 21, 2020 by Antonio Caggiano  |   Blog

We have now integrated Mali GPU hardware counters supported by Panfrost with Perfetto's tracing SDK, unlocking all-in-one graphics-aware profiling on Panfrost systems!

Panfrost performance counters with Perfetto

High bitrate video streaming with GStreamer's RTP elements

August 20, 2020 by Antonio Ospite  |   Blog

Key performance improvements and fixes to GStreamer's RTP stack have landed in GStreamer 1.18, due in the coming months. The latest enhancements provide an important boost in throughput, opening the gate to high bitrate video streaming.

High bitrate video streaming with GStreamer's RTP elements

Understanding computer vision & AI, part 1

August 13, 2020 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

Following our recent presentation at OSSummit, many showed interest in learning more about solving real-world problems with computer vision. Here is a new blog series, on computer vision, object detection, and building a system on the edge.

Understanding computer vision & AI, part 1

Testing Weston DRM/KMS backends with virtme and VKMS

August 07, 2020 by Leandro Ribeiro  |   Blog

Recent work in Weston, the industry-standard Wayland compositor, has enabled DRM/KMS backends to be tested in the absence of real hardware, enabling more battle testing of corner-case and error conditions within automated testing frameworks.

Testing Weston DRM/KMS backends with virtme and VKMS

Kernel 6.10: Keep the updates coming

July 18, 2024 by Sebastian Reichel  |   News & Events

The latest kernel 6.10 release brings multiple core changes and updates to BH workqueues. Let's examine the developments implemented by Collabora's engineers.

Kernel 6.10: Keep the updates coming

Taming the Panthor: OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance achieved on Mali-G610

July 15, 2024 by Eric Smith  |   News & Events

The Panthor kernel driver and Mesa Panfrost driver combination has achieved official conformance for OpenGL ES 3.1 on the Mali-G610 chip, ensuring reliable performance for users on Mesa version 24.1.1.

Taming the Panthor: OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance achieved on Mali-G610

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

June 19, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Making its debut this week at Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Long Beach, ElectricMaple is an innovative project by Collabora and PlutoVR designed to enhance standalone XR experiences through remote-rendering.

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

Making a spatial impact at AWE 2024

May 30, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Join us at Augmented World Expo for a first-hand look at our recent XR work including ElectricMaple remote rendering, and xrdesktop showcasing a fully open-source 3-window desktop configuration with gaze-driven window selection.

Making a spatial impact at AWE 2024

Mesa 24.1 brings new hardware support for Arm and NVIDIA GPUs

May 22, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

Mesa 24.1 is out, and the graphics team at Collabora has been working hard to bring a slew of new features and bug fixes to Panfrost, Zink, NVK, and Mesa in general. Here's a look at their contributions for this release cycle.

Mesa 24.1 brings new hardware support for Arm and NVIDIA GPUs

Implementing DRM format modifiers in NVK

May 16, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

This week we merged support for the VK_EXT_image_drm_format_modifier extension in NVK, the new open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware. We've also back-ported the code to the Mesa 24.1 staging branch, part of the upcoming Mesa 24.1 release.

Implementing DRM format modifiers in NVK

Kernel 6.9: Enable, test, repeat

May 14, 2024 by Nícolas Prado  |   News & Events

Collabora's engineers continue to be involved in the hardware enablement for a few different system-on-chips (SoCs) and platforms, and have also contributed significant improvements to kernel testing.

Kernel 6.9: Enable, test, repeat

SteamOS 3.6: How the Steam Deck atomic updates are improving

May 10, 2024 by Ludovico de Nittis  |   News & Events

Highlighting some of the key changes Collabora worked on with Valve to improve the system update tooling on SteamOS, including the move to Desync, making applying system updates significantly faster and more reliable.

SteamOS 3.6: How the Steam Deck atomic updates are improving

Debuting at IOT Solutions World Congress

May 09, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

This year will be Collabora's first time exhibiting at IOTSWC, in partnership with STMicroelectronics. Collabora will be showcasing how the STM32MP2 is an ideal chip to enable edge AI solution in industrial environments.

Debuting at IOT Solutions World Congress

Effortless GStreamer Analytics Cross-Platform Support via ONNX Runtime

April 29, 2024 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

GStreamer's support for diverse hardware and software platforms extends to its upstream Machine Learning capabilities, exemplified by its cross-platform ONNX Runtime implementation.

Effortless GStreamer Analytics Cross-Platform Support via ONNX Runtime

Collabora, not just Earth Day. Every day.

April 22, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we've been part of the 1% for the Planet Network since 2022. The environmental partners we support help to better the planet.

Collabora, not just Earth Day. Every day.

Monado stays ahead: Keeping pace with OpenXR 1.1 for cross-platform, open source XR

April 17, 2024 by Frederic Plourde  |   News & Events

Monado, the cross-platform open source XR runtime, has recently received significant updates to align with the features and specifications of OpenXR 1.1, ensuring compatibility and optimal performance for developers and users alike.

Monado stays ahead: Keeping pace with OpenXR 1.1 for cross-platform, open source XR

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