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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!

A look at Vulkan extensions in Venus

October 19, 2022 by Igor Torrente  |   Blog

Venus is a virtual Vulkan driver based on the Virtio-GPU protocol, which defines the serialization of Vulkan commands between guest and host. Here's a closer look at Venus, its components, and their relations in the context of extensions.

A look at Vulkan extensions in Venus

Carlafox, an open-source web-based CARLA visualizer

October 11, 2022 by Vineet Suryan  |   Blog

Taking one step towards democratizing the daunting task of dataset generation by making image synthesis and automatic ground truth data generation maintainable, cheaper, and more repeatable.

Carlafox, an open-source web-based CARLA visualizer

Open source machine learning for video compression

September 14, 2022 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

Using open source software, Collabora has developed an efficient compression pipeline that enables a face video broadcasting system that achieves the same visual quality as the H.264 standard while only using one-tenth of the bandwidth.

Open source machine learning for video compression

Improving Vulkan graphics state tracking in Mesa

September 07, 2022 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

Introducing new common code for Mesa Vulkan drivers to support a new Vulkan extension, making it easier for app and game authors to manage Vulkan state - and easier for our drivers too.

Improving Vulkan graphics state tracking in Mesa

Using a Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth speaker with PipeWire

September 02, 2022 by Frederic Danis  |   Blog

Using PipeWire, WirePlumber and a Raspberry Pi, you can create an audio bridge between a Bluetooth® device and an analog speaker system, breathing new life into your old speakers.

Using a Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth speaker with PipeWire

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

July 07, 2022 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Adventures in NIR-land: the past, the present, and what's lies ahead for the native NIR back-end for Mesa's R600 driver.

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

June 15, 2022 by Manas Chaudhary  |   Blog

Getting PanVk, an open source driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, closer to conformancy by implementing one of the core Vulkan features: support for secondary command buffers.

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

June 09, 2022 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

After fighting with the divide between implicit and explicit synchronization with Vulkan on Linux for over seven years, we may finally have some closure. We're not to synchronization nirvana quite yet, but this is an important step along the way.

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

May 31, 2022 by Moses Turner  |   Blog

Optical hand tracking for XR has a bit of a reputation - getting training data, training neural nets, and deploying them in real-time, low-latency environments such as XR is every bit as hard as they say it is.

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

April 05, 2022 by Mateo de Mayo  |   Blog

Monado now has initial support for 6DoF ("inside-out") tracking for devices with cameras and an IMU! Three free and open source SLAM/VIO solutions were integrated and adapted to work on XR: Kimera-VIO, ORB-SLAM3, and Basalt.

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

March 30, 2022 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

When developing an application or a library, it is very common to want to run it without installing it, or to install it into a custom prefix rather than on the system. Here's how Meson can help with that.

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Faith 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

NVK Has landed!

August 04, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

As of today, NVK, the new Vulkan driver for Nvidia GPUs, has landed in the main Mesa branch and will be included as an experimental driver in the 23.3 release of Mesa.

NVK Has landed!

EOSS - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

July 27, 2023 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

If you weren't able to attend Embedded Open Source Summit in Prague last month, you're in luck as all presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube.

EOSS - Recorded presentations (videos) now available

The next step for NVK: Merging into Mesa!

July 26, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

After months of work, led by Collabora's own Faith Ekstrand, Red Hat's Karol Herbst, and numerous open source contributors, NVK is now considered ready to be merged into the main Mesa project.

The next step for NVK: Merging into Mesa!

A helping Arm for Panfrost

July 20, 2023 by Daniel Stone  |   News & Events

Collabora continues to relentlessly shift the needle to make high-quality open-source software not just an aspiration, but an expectation. We're pleased to announce an extension of our collaboration with Arm, providing more surety and capability for Panfrost.

A helping Arm for Panfrost

A weekend for developers

July 13, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

With Black Valley in Norway, and Akademy in Greece, this weekend's plans are all set or computer enthusiasts! Collabora is proud to sponsor both of these events as a chance for communities to come together and strengthen their bonds.

A weekend for developers

Zink brings conformant OpenGL on Imagination GPUs

July 06, 2023 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   News & Events

Today, Imagination Technologies announced they are now using Zink for full OpenGL 4.6 support. This is the first time we've seen a hardware vendor trust Zink enough to completely side-step a native OpenGL driver and use it in a shipping product.

Zink brings conformant OpenGL on Imagination GPUs

Kernel 6.4: More work on MediaTek, Rockchip, and power supply

July 05, 2023 by Rogerio Alves Cardoso  |   News & Events

Released last week, Linux kernel 6.4 brings new features such as support for Intel LAM, user events for tracing, and the ability for the machine keyrings used for Machine Owner Keys to store only CA-enforced keys.

Kernel 6.4: More work on MediaTek, Rockchip, and power supply

NVK update: Enabling new extensions, conformance status & more

June 26, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

Looking back, it's amazing how much has happened in NVK in just the last 7 months. If development continues at this crazy pace, we may be looking at a pretty decent driver before too much longer.

NVK update: Enabling new extensions, conformance status & more

Ready to embark for Embedded Open Source Summit

June 22, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Taking place at the Prague Congress Centre from June 27 to 30, this new 4-day umbrella event brings multiple conferences, including Automotive Linux Summit (ALS) and Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), all under one roof.

Ready to embark for Embedded Open Source Summit

Making new strides at AWE

May 29, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Set in the heart of Silicon Valley, XR enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting to see the latest advancements on display at Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2023.

Making new strides at AWE

Weston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

May 25, 2023 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Released last week, Weston 12.0 brings a number of highlights including two new backends, support for multiple scanout devices, and the addition of new protocol implementations. Here's a look at some of the changes that have landed in this new version.

Weston 12.0: Highlights and changes for Wayland's reference compositor

Kernel 6.3: MediaTek, Rockchip RK3588 & more

April 25, 2023 by Muhammad Usama Anjum  |   News & Events

Released earlier this week, Linux Kernel 6.3 brings thousands of new lines of code to improve the core kernel, architectural support, networking and filesystems.

Kernel 6.3: MediaTek, Rockchip RK3588 & more

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