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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!

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

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

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

July 07, 2022 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Adventures in NIR-land: the past, the present, and what's lies ahead for the native NIR back-end for Mesa's R600 driver.

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

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

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021

September 24, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collaborans will be actively participating in next week's activities with seven talks on topics including Rust build scripts, embedded deep learning on GStreamer, HEVC decoding on mainline Linux, PipeWire and WirePlumber, and more.

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021

Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

September 21, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

This important milestone is a step forward for the open source driver, as it now certifies Panfrost for use in commercial products containing Mali G52 and paves the way for further conformance submissions on other Mali GPUs.

Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

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

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