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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Carlafox: Towards reliable open-source 3D perception

April 05, 2023 by Vineet Suryan  |   Blog

Labeling errors are common in present open-source 3D perception datasets, which could have impactful consequences. To tackle this issue, we used Carlafox to automatically generate an error-free synthetic dataset for 3D perception.

Carlafox: Towards reliable open-source 3D perception

Implementing Vulkan extensions for NVK

March 10, 2023 by Rebecca McKeever  |   Blog

Since joining the graphics team at Collabora as a Software Engineering Intern last November, I have implemented several Vulkan API extensions for NVK, an open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware in Mesa.

Implementing Vulkan extensions for NVK

Oxidizing bmap-tools: rewriting a Python project in Rust

March 03, 2023 by Rafael Garcia Ruiz  |   Blog

Rewriting bmaptool in Rust to remove Python dependencies, create statically linked binary, and allow the bmap sparse file format to be used in other Rust projects.

Oxidizing bmap-tools: rewriting a Python project in Rust

The futex_waitv() syscall and gaming on Linux

February 17, 2023 by Muhammad Usama Anjum  |   Blog

Just over a year has passed since the futex_waitv() syscall, part of the new futex2 systems calls, landed in Linux 5.16. But why are both needed? What role do they play in the context of gaming on Linux? Let's find out.

The futex_waitv() syscall and gaming on Linux

Exploring Rust for Vulkan drivers, part 1

February 02, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

Over the course of the last decade, Rust has emerged as a new programming language for writing safe low-level code. This blog post is the first in a series exploring the area of using Rust to write Mesa Vulkan drivers.

Exploring Rust for Vulkan drivers, part 1

Labeling tools are great, but what about quality checks?

January 17, 2023 by Jakub Piotr Cłapa  |   Blog

MLfix is an open-source tool that combines novel unsupervised machine-learning pipelines with a new user interface concept that, together, help annotators and machine-learning engineers identify and filter out label errors.

Labeling tools are great, but what about quality checks?

A brave new world: building glibc with LLVM

January 17, 2023 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Times are changing: LLVM has become more than a spare to GCC, such that glibc - the last big GCC bastion, is now working towards supporting LLVM as a first-class citizen.

A brave new world: building glibc with LLVM

Kicking off 2023 with the MIT Reality Hack!

January 11, 2023 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   Blog

It's with excitement and nervousness that I'm writing this post, sitting on a plane heading to Boston where I will attend the MIT Reality Hack as a mentor.

Kicking off 2023 with the MIT Reality Hack!

State of Monado's visual-inertial tracking

December 20, 2022 by Mateo de Mayo  |   Blog

The development of Monado's inside-out tracking solution keeps improving and more devices are now supported. Here's an overview of where things stand, as presented at the FOSS XR conference in October.

State of Monado's visual-inertial tracking

Machine Learning with Etnaviv and OpenCL

December 15, 2022 by Italo Nicola  |   Blog

Machine learning is increasingly seeing more applications and it's important to have FOSS options to accelerate such workloads. With that in mind, we began an effort earlier this year to get a TFLite model running on a VIM3 NPU using Etnaviv and OpenCL.

Machine Learning with Etnaviv and OpenCL

Tracing stateless video hardware decoding in V4L2

December 02, 2022 by Deborah Brouwer  |   Blog

Earlier this year, I joined Collabora for a six-month internship to learn how V4L2 (Video4Linux2) supports stateless video hardware decoding, and build a utility that traced and replayed stateless decoding from a userspace perspective.

Tracing stateless video hardware decoding in V4L2

From Lua to JSON: refactoring WirePlumber's configuration system

October 27, 2022 by Ashok Sidipotu  |   Blog

With the upcoming 0.5 release, WirePlumber's configuration system will be moving to a JSON syntax to define settings, bringing a more unified configuration approach across the PipeWire ecosystem.

From Lua to JSON: refactoring WirePlumber's configuration system

Kernel 6.10: Keep the updates coming

July 18, 2024 by Sebastian Reichel  |   News & Events

The latest kernel 6.10 release brings multiple core changes and updates to BH workqueues. Let's examine the developments implemented by Collabora's engineers.

Kernel 6.10: Keep the updates coming

Taming the Panthor: OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance achieved on Mali-G610

July 15, 2024 by Eric Smith  |   News & Events

The Panthor kernel driver and Mesa Panfrost driver combination has achieved official conformance for OpenGL ES 3.1 on the Mali-G610 chip, ensuring reliable performance for users on Mesa version 24.1.1.

Taming the Panthor: OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance achieved on Mali-G610

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

June 19, 2024 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Making its debut this week at Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Long Beach, ElectricMaple is an innovative project by Collabora and PlutoVR designed to enhance standalone XR experiences through remote-rendering.

ElectricMaple: Remote-rendering debuts at AWE 2024

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

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