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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

Improving test coverage for cameras in KernelCI

October 08, 2021 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   Blog

Earlier this year, I joined Collabora as an intern to work on improving testing in libcamera and automating it through KernelCI. Having recently completed the internship, here's a look back at this experience and what was accomplished.

Improving test coverage for cameras in KernelCI

A tale of two toolchains and glibc

September 30, 2021 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

With the LLVM toolchain seeing increasing development and adoption alongside the older, more established GNU toolchain, projects needing to support both, in particular the GNU C library (glibc), are facing challenges and questions.

A tale of two toolchains and glibc

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

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

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

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

Blast from the past at Embedded World: Atari plays for Linux

April 11, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Adhering to the fundamentals of open source, the Atari VCS OS is based on Debian using the Apertis infrastructure, and the graphics rely on Weston as its Wayland compositor.

Blast from the past at Embedded World: Atari plays for Linux

Up close and personal with STMicroelectronics' STM32MP2 at Embedded World

April 10, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Using TensorFlow Lite models optimized for the STM3MP2 NPU along with an upstream-ready H.264 encoder (Video4Linux2), this demo showcases GStreamer's all-new analytic metadata framework.

Up close and personal with STMicroelectronics' STM32MP2 at Embedded World

New unixfd plugin in GStreamer 1.24

April 08, 2024 by Xavier Claessens  |   News & Events

GStreamer 1.24 was recently released, and with it came with a new plugin to help separate pipelines into different processes.

New unixfd plugin in GStreamer 1.24

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