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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

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

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

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

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

May 27, 2020 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Device drivers can support more revisions and SoC platforms by abstracting away specific hardware interface layouts. Let's examine a specific instance of this process, namely the effort to make the MIPI DSI host controller driver more generic.

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

May 15, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

gst-build is one of the main build systems used by the community to develop the GStreamer platform. In my last blog post, I presented gst-build and explained how to get started with it. Now, let's get straight to the point regarding cross-compilation.

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

FOSDEM 2024 - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

February 15, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collabora's engineers presented six talks over the course of the weekend, with topics including a review of recent improvements to GStreamer, a look at the state of video offloading on the Linux desktop, and more.

FOSDEM 2024 - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

A framework to share analytics data in GStreamer

February 13, 2024 by Daniel Morin  |   News & Events

Engineers have widely adopted GStreamer to build video analytics pipelines, and while many companies have indeed built their machine learning analysis framework around GStreamer, no one had made the effort to contribute upstream, until now.

A framework to share analytics data in GStreamer

Wine on Wayland: A year in review (and a look ahead)

January 30, 2024 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

2023 was a great year for the Wayland driver for Wine. After several merge requests, many people are now already able to use the latest Wine release to enjoy some of their favorite Windows applications in a completely X11-free environment!

Wine on Wayland: A year in review (and a look ahead)

WhisperFusion: Ultra-low latency conversations with an AI chatbot

January 25, 2024 by Marcus Edel  |   News & Events

By creating a real-time AI chatbot communication system using WhisperLive and WhisperSpeech, we have addressed the unnatural delay in current bot interactions for seamless conversation.

WhisperFusion: Ultra-low latency conversations with an AI chatbot

First in line for FOSDEM 2024: GStreamer, LAVA workloads & more!

January 18, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

With many dedicated souls willing to endure a FOSDEM queue, Collabora's engineers will be giving 6 talks spread out amongst multiple devrooms including Open Media and Testing & Continuous delivery.

First in line for FOSDEM 2024: GStreamer, LAVA workloads & more!

Kernel 6.7: New year, new Linux!

January 11, 2024 by Eugen Hristev  |   News & Events

Collabora's kernel team made a number of key contributions including a new kselftest for verifying driver probe of Devicetree-based platforms, multiple improvements to further improve support for MediaTek SoCs found in Chromebooks, and more.

Kernel 6.7: New year, new Linux!

Weston 13.0 release: Backends consolidation

December 21, 2023 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Weston 13.0 brings multiple fixes and important changes, notably the ability to load multiple backends simultaneously. This can be used to load VNC, RDP, or PipeWire backends for remote access alongside the native DRM backend.

Weston 13.0 release: Backends consolidation

NVK holiday update: What we've achieved, and where we're headed

December 20, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

As 2023 draws to a close, I wanted to give a quick update on NVK, what's happened this year, and where we'll be headed in 2024. While previous posts have focused primarily on the technical details, this post will be more geared towards users.

NVK holiday update: What we've achieved, and where we're headed

WhisperSpeech makes its way to AI.dev

December 07, 2023 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collabora is headed to California to take part in the inaugural edition of AI​.dev: Open Source GenAI & ML Summit, a new event which aims to bring together the brightest developers from around the world to shape the trajectory of open source AI.

WhisperSpeech makes its way to AI.dev

Ready for embedded: PipeWire 1.0 released

November 27, 2023 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

It is with the utmost excitement that we witness the release of PipeWire 1.0, the first officially stable release of this noteworthy inter-process multimedia streaming framework after many years of development.

Ready for embedded: PipeWire 1.0 released

MiniDebConf Cambridge 2023

November 21, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

This week, the Debian project takes over Cambridge as MiniDebConf kicks off right in our own British backyard! Organized by Debian project members, MiniDebConfs aim to achieve similar objectives to those of the annual Debian conference, DebConf.

MiniDebConf Cambridge 2023

NVK reaches Vulkan 1.0 conformance

November 20, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

As of today, NVK is now an officially conformant implementation of the Vulkan 1.0 API on NVIDIA Turing hardware. This is the first time any Nouveau driver has gotten the Khronos conformance badge on any API.

NVK reaches Vulkan 1.0 conformance

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