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Building Debian images for Le Potato and OrangePi with debos

June 18, 2019 by Frédéric Danis  |   Blog

Both the Le Potato and OrangePi Zero Plus2 boards are already supported by Armbian. But how do you get a minimal Debian upstream image with only the packages you want? Debos is the perfect tool to do this.

Building Debian images for Le Potato and OrangePi with debos

Joining Collabora for a summer of Panfrost

June 05, 2019 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Years ago, I joined the open-source community with a passion and a mission: to enable equal access to high-quality computing via open-source software. With this mission, I co-founded Panfrost, aiming to create an open-source driver for the Mali GPU.

Joining Collabora for a summer of Panfrost

Google Summer of Code 2019

May 30, 2019 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few days ago, coding began for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects. Along with four GStreamer and Wayland related projects, this year's edition also includes two Debian projects for which Collaborans will be mentors.

Google Summer of Code 2019

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

May 23, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

With virtme, you can run a custom built kernel on top of our running root filesystem. In this post, we explore another example of virtme in action, and see how to test Video4Linux2 drivers on bleeding edge GStreamer builds.

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

May 16, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Introducing cmtp-responder - a permissively licensed Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) responder implementation which allows embedded devices to provide MTP services and supports a core set of MTP operations.

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

May 14, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Up until now, talking in-depth about userspace tracing was deliberately avoided because it merits special treatment, hence this part devoted to it. We'll now look at the why of it, and we'll examine eBPF user tracing in two categories: static and dynamic.

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

Linux Kernel 5.1

May 09, 2019 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

Earlier this week, Linux Kernel 5.1 was released, and with it came over 13,000 commits from developers all around the world, including Collaborans. This time around, no less than 12 different developers contributed commits (64), sign-offs (111) & more.

Linux Kernel 5.1

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

May 08, 2019 by Santosh Mahto  |   Blog

After a successful team effort, the patch enabling the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Ozone builds to run with different platform backends, such as Wayland, has finally landed upstream.

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

May 06, 2019 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

After a year-long development cycle, the much anticipated release was made available recently. With it came a number of exciting new features we're especially proud of, including per-element latency tracer and support for planar or non-interleaved audio.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

May 06, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Now that we've studied the mainstream way of developing and using eBPF programs on top of the low-level VM mechanisms, we'll look at projects taking different approaches, attempting solutions to some of the unique problems faced by embedded Linux.

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

May 02, 2019 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

A previous post introduced the SPURV Android compatibility layer for Wayland based Linux environment. In this post, we're going to dig into how you can run an Android application on the very common i.MX6 based Nitrogen6_MAX board.

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

April 26, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

In part 1 and 2 of this series, we took a condensed in-depth look at the eBPF VM. In part 3, we define the high-level components of an eBPF program, including the backend, loader, frontend and data structures.

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

April 05, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS.

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

March 29, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is.

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Linux block I/O tracing

March 28, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Like starting a car with the hood open, sometimes you need to run your program with certain analysis tools attached to get a full sense of what is going wrong – or right.

Linux block I/O tracing

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

March 24, 2017 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

At the GTK hackfest in London (which accidentally became mostly a Flatpak hackfest) I've mainly been looking into how to make D-Bus work better for app container technologies like Flatpak and Snap.

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

Performance analysis in Linux

March 21, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Modern CPUs implement a number of technologies that may affect application performance in unpredictable ways. Figuring out what is going wrong with an application can be a hard task, but it can become much easier with the correct analysis tools.

Performance analysis in Linux

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

March 13, 2017 by Frédéric Dalleau  |   Blog

Once you've setup a virtual machine in QEMU using debootstrap, there are a number of tools available for testing, tracing and debugging, such as Kmemleak for memory leaks, GDB (GNU Debugger), ftrace et dynamic_debug.

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

March 08, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Before being able to write firmware data to any production Chromebook device, the Write-Protect screw has to be removed.

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

March 01, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

The past few months have been busy ones on the open-source graphics front, bringing with them Wayland 1.13, Weston 2.0 and Mesa 17.0. Here's a look at some of these developments, including Collabora's behind-the-scenes work on performance improvement.

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

February 23, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

How to create your custom Android image, and APK app(s), all at once.

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

February 16, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

How to set up a fully functional ChromiumOS development environment on actual Chromebook hardware.

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

February 09, 2017 by Varad Gautam  |   Blog

Over the past few weeks, I have been working for Collabora on plumbing DRM format modifier support across a number of components in the graphics stack. This post documents the work and the related consequences/implications.

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

January 26, 2017 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

In the last two articles we talked about how Explicit Fencing can help the graphics pipeline in general and what happened on the effort to upstream the Android Sync Framework. Now on the third and final post of this series we will go through the Explicit…

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

August 05, 2020 by Dafna Hirschfeld  |   News & Events

The ability for a relatively small software consultancy to contribute at this level demonstrates a fantastic improvement in vendors' mindset when it comes to working Open First and providing mainline support out-of-box as early as possible.

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

July 17, 2020 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

HTC Vive (Pro) and Valve Index hardware users can now experiment with positional tracking in Monado, thanks to the implementation of a libsurvive driver using the libsurvive library developed by Charles Lohr, David Berger and many contributors.

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

July 16, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of WirePlumber (the PipeWire session manager) version 0.3.0. This release brings support for desktop use cases and is a working drop-in replacement for PipeWire's example session manager.

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

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

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

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!

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

May 18, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few weeks ago, Ryan Pavlik presented "Unifying Reality: Building Experiences with OpenXR", a master class on OpenXR, the open standard API for building VR and AR experiences that work across devices, now and into the future.

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

May 08, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

Sponsored by Valve, this latest release of the Open Source project which enables interaction with traditional desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE, in VR, brings the largest amount of changes yet, with many new features and architectural improvements.

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

April 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

A new monado-service binary and out of process compositor has landed in Monado, the fully Open Source OpenXR runtime for Linux! Here's a demo of the compositor's new abilities running with the new Blender OpenXR VR Session.

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

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