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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!

Building a Board Farm for Embedded World

June 27, 2024 by Christopher Obbard  |   Blog

With each board running a mainline-first Linux software stack and tested in a CI loop with the LAVA test framework, the Farm showcased Collabora's recent hardware enablement and Continuous integration (CI) efforts.

Building a Board Farm for Embedded World

Smart audio filters with WirePlumber 0.5

June 26, 2024 by Julian Bouzas  |   Blog

WirePlumber 0.5 arrived recently with many new and essential features including the Smart Filter Policy, enabling audio filters to automatically insert themselves in between client streams and devices.

Smart audio filters with WirePlumber 0.5

The latest on cmtp-responder, a permissively-licensed MTP responder implementation

June 12, 2024 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Part 3 of the cmtp-responder series with a focus on USB gadgets explores several new elements including a unified build environment with Docker and an example strategy for building and deploying to a target.

The latest on cmtp-responder, a permissively-licensed MTP responder implementation

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on ChromeOS: part 3

June 06, 2024 by Daniel Almeida  |   Blog

The final installment of a series explaining how Collabora is helping shape the video virtualization story for Chromebooks with a focus on the future plans for cros-libva and cros-codecs.

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on ChromeOS: part 3

Hacking on the PipeWire GStreamer elements

June 05, 2024 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

Last week I attended the GStreamer spring hackfest in Thessaloniki to work on the PipeWire GStreamer elements and connect with the community.

Hacking on the PipeWire GStreamer elements

Transforming speech technology with WhisperLive

May 28, 2024 by Kara Bembridge  |   Blog

The world of AI has made leaps and bounds from what It once was, but there are still some adjustments required for the optimal outcome. With the help of WhisperLive, VoxAI was able to improve its response time and oratory abilities.

Transforming speech technology with WhisperLive

Re-converging control flow on NVIDIA GPUs - What went wrong, and how we fixed it

April 25, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

While I managed to land support for two extensions, implementing control flow re-convergence in NVK did not go as planned. This is the story of what went wrong and how we fixed it.

Re-converging control flow on NVIDIA GPUs - What went wrong, and how we fixed it

Automatic regression handling and reporting for the Linux Kernel

March 14, 2024 by Ricardo Cañuelo Navarro  |   Blog

In continuation with our series about Kernel Integration we'll go into more detail about how regression detection, processing, and tracking can be improved to provide a better service to developers and maintainers.

Automatic regression handling and reporting for the Linux Kernel

Almost a fully open-source boot chain for Rockchip's RK3588!

February 21, 2024 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

Now included in our Debian images & available via our GitLab, you can build a complete, working BL31 (Boot Loader stage 3.1), and replace the closed binary blob with an open-source binary that anyone can compile.

Almost a fully open-source boot chain for Rockchip's RK3588!

What's the latest with WirePlumber?

February 19, 2024 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

Back in 2022, after a series of issues were found in its design, I made the call to rework some of WirePlumber's fundamentals in order to allow it to grow. So where are we now? And what's next? Let's dive in!

What's the latest with WirePlumber?

DRM-CI: A GitLab-CI pipeline for Linux kernel testing

February 08, 2024 by Helen Koike  |   Blog

Continuing our Kernel Integration series, we're excited to introduce DRM-CI, a groundbreaking solution that enables developers to test their graphics subsystem patches across numerous devices within the community's shared infrastructure.

DRM-CI: A GitLab-CI pipeline for Linux kernel testing

Persian Rug, Part 4 - The limitations of proxies

January 23, 2024 by Edmund Smith  |   Blog

This is the fourth and final part in a series on persian-rug, a Rust crate for interconnected objects. We've touched on the two big limitations: lack of deletion and lack of enforced matching between proxies and containers. Let's look at other solutions.

Persian Rug, Part 4 - The limitations of proxies

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

December 20, 2021 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

The Linux desktop in VR goes headless! Introducing wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop based on wlroots, with minimal dependencies.

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

Open Source in Japan, virtually

December 08, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A year of online conferences that began with linux.conf.au will end on a high note next week as Collaborans present three talks at Open Source Summit Japan + Automotive Linux Summit 2021. Join us!

Open Source in Japan, virtually

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

November 10, 2021 by Sebastian Reichel  |   News & Events

It might be smaller than the last few kernels, but with well above 10,000 non-merge changes, the latest Linux kernel release still packs a punch. Released on October 31, kernel 5.15 brings lots of exciting new features.

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

November 02, 2021 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

Today marks a very exciting day as Fedora 35 has now been released, and with it comes WirePlumber as the default session manager for PipeWire! Under development by Collabora since 2019, WirePlumber has now entered the linux desktop space.

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021

September 24, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collaborans will be actively participating in next week's activities with seven talks on topics including Rust build scripts, embedded deep learning on GStreamer, HEVC decoding on mainline Linux, PipeWire and WirePlumber, and more.

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021

Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

September 21, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

This important milestone is a step forward for the open source driver, as it now certifies Panfrost for use in commercial products containing Mali G52 and paves the way for further conformance submissions on other Mali GPUs.

Panfrost achieves OpenGL ES 3.1 conformance on Mali-G52

Generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to your needs

September 16, 2021 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   News & Events

GStreamer can be tricky to ship in a constrained device. Thanks to a partnership with Huawei, you can now use gst-build to generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to a specific application, or set of applications. Here's how.

Generate a minimal GStreamer build, tailored to your needs

Kernel 5.14: 30 years in the making and still improving

September 07, 2021 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   News & Events

With an ever-increasing interest in more modern hardware support, and a more reliable kernel that is thoroughly tested, contributions by Collabora's developers continue to help make this a reality for the Linux kernel.

Kernel 5.14: 30 years in the making and still improving

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

September 01, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

September's busy conference schedule kicks off next week with the Fall edition of Linaro Virtual Connect. Join us as we look at how to master your PipeWire streams with WirePlumber, and de-mystify GFX virtualization with VirGL!

Linaro Virtual Connect - Fall 2021

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

July 20, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

After a month of reverse-engineering the Arm Mali G78, we’re excited to release documentation on the Valhall instruction set, available as a PDF, as well as a Valhall assembler and disassembler to be used as a reverse-engineering aid.

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

July 08, 2021 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   News & Events

Collabora's team working directly on the Linux kernel is growing. Collaborans continue to expand on their efforts to close the gap between hardware support on vendor trees and mainline.

Kernel 5.13: Growing team and KernelCI hackfest

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

June 21, 2021 by Shreeya Patel  |   News & Events

Earlier this month, Collabora took part in the very first KernelCI hackfest, initiated as a joint effort with the Google Chrome OS team. Here's a look at what led to our participation and what was accomplished.

A very successful first KernelCI hackfest

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