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Moving the Linux desktop to another reality

July 30, 2019 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

Today, we are very excited to announce xrdesktop, a new open source project sponsored by Valve, enabling interaction with traditional Linux desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE, in VR.

Moving the Linux desktop to another reality

Zink: Summer Update & SIGGRAPH 2019

July 25, 2019 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   Blog

There's been quite a few updates to Zink, an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan, since I last wrote about it. Here's an overview of the recent changes, as well as an exciting announcement!

Zink: Summer Update & SIGGRAPH 2019

Collabora & Debian 10 (Buster)

July 25, 2019 by Andrej Shadura  |   News & Events

With DebConf19, the annual conference for Debian contributors and users, in full swing this week in Curitiba, Brazil, what better time to look at the contributions made by Collaborans to the latest Debian release!

Collabora & Debian 10 (Buster)

GStreamer in Oslo

July 18, 2019 by Nicolas Dufresne  |   Blog

A little over a month and a half ago, Collaborans including Aaron Boxer, George Kiagiadakis, Guillaume Desmottes, Stéphane Cerveau and myself took part in the GStreamer Spring Hackfest in Oslo. This year, the hackfest was kindly hosted by Pexip.

GStreamer in Oslo

Linux Kernel 5.2

July 17, 2019 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   News & Events

With 11 engineers authoring, reviewing and testing nearly 170 patches for this latest release, Collabora ranked 8th in the list of most active employers by lines changed, sharing ranks with some of the prominent employers in Linux kernel development.

Linux Kernel 5.2

GNOME meets Panfrost

June 26, 2019 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

In my last Panfrost blog post, I announced my internship goal: improve Panfrost to run GNOME3. GNOME is a popular Linux desktop making heavy use of OpenGL; to use GNOME with only free and open source software on a machine with Mali graphics, Panfrost…

GNOME meets Panfrost

Using dummy-hcd to play with USB gadgets

June 24, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Dummy_hcd which consists of a software-emulated host controller and a UDC chip. In other words, this means you can play with USB gadgets even if you don't have the appropriate hardware, because your PC can act as both a USB host and a USB device.

Using dummy-hcd to play with USB gadgets

Welcoming the newest Collaborans!

June 21, 2019 by Jassie Badion  |   News & Events

For many, June 21, day of the Solstice, is a day of celebrations. At Collabora, we're also celebrating, as we take a moment to welcome all the newest members of our engineering and administration teams who've joined over the last year!

Welcoming the newest Collaborans!

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

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

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

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

An xrdesktop summer of code

September 10, 2021 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   Blog

This summer, Christoph Haag and I had the pleasure of taking part in Google Summer of Code as mentors for xrdesktop, the Open Source project bringing the Linux desktop to VR on Valve's SteamVR & Monado. Here's what was accomplished.

An xrdesktop summer of code

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

October 22, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The 4-day event is dedicated to everything open source and will showcase a program of 250+ talks. Collaborans will once again be actively participating in the week's activities, with no less than eight presentations, a BoF on KernelCI, and two panel discussions!

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

October 22, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   News & Events

Collaborans continue to be very active in the Linux kernel, authoring over 150 commits in this release. Here's a look at the improvements, and new features, contributed by our team, notably in hardware support, multimedia, graphics and testing.

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

October 06, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   News & Events

A move to GitLab. A switch to the powerful Meson build system. A fast and reliable CI system implemented. The GStreamer community has been busy, bringing a bevy of enhancements to 1.18. Here's a look at the key contributions by Collaborans.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

September 15, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The lineup of great virtual conferences continues this week with the 2020 edition of X.Org Developer's Conference (XDC), the leading event for developers working on all things Open graphics, including the Linux kernel, Mesa, DRM, Wayland and X11.

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

August 24, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

August ends on a high note with two virtual events this week: DebConf20, Debian's annual conference, and Linux Plumbers Conference, the premier event for developers working at all levels of the Linux kernel's plumbing layer and beyond.

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

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

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