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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

Welcoming five new Collaborans!

July 09, 2020 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

Despite the many obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Collabora continues to build and strengthen its engineering and administration teams for the road ahead. Join us in welcoming Angelica, Raghavendra, Doug, Italo and Theodotos!

Welcoming five new Collaborans!

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

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

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

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

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!

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

June 15, 2022 by Manas Chaudhary  |   Blog

Getting PanVk, an open source driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, closer to conformancy by implementing one of the core Vulkan features: support for secondary command buffers.

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

June 09, 2022 by Jason Ekstrand  |   Blog

After fighting with the divide between implicit and explicit synchronization with Vulkan on Linux for over seven years, we may finally have some closure. We're not to synchronization nirvana quite yet, but this is an important step along the way.

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

May 31, 2022 by Moses Turner  |   Blog

Optical hand tracking for XR has a bit of a reputation - getting training data, training neural nets, and deploying them in real-time, low-latency environments such as XR is every bit as hard as they say it is.

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

April 05, 2022 by Mateo de Mayo  |   Blog

Monado now has initial support for 6DoF ("inside-out") tracking for devices with cameras and an IMU! Three free and open source SLAM/VIO solutions were integrated and adapted to work on XR: Kimera-VIO, ORB-SLAM3, and Basalt.

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

March 30, 2022 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

When developing an application or a library, it is very common to want to run it without installing it, or to install it into a custom prefix rather than on the system. Here's how Meson can help with that.

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Jason 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

Landing a new syscall, part 1: 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, part 1: What is futex?

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

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

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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