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WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

May 07, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

An in-depth look at WirePlumber, the modular and extensible session manager for PipeWire that brings advanced device management, policy control and security enforcement capabilities.

WirePlumber, the PipeWire session manager

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

April 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

A new monado-service binary and out of process compositor has landed in Monado, the fully Open Source OpenXR runtime for Linux! Here's a demo of the compositor's new abilities running with the new Blender OpenXR VR Session.

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

April 28, 2020 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

With Rust gaining traction among the GStreamer community as an alternative to C to write applications and plugins, we began wondering, could the size of such Rust plugins be a problem for embedded systems?

Reducing the size of a Rust GStreamer plugin

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

April 23, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

The Panfrost project building a free, Open Source graphics driver for modern Mali GPUs has reached a new milestone: the first 3D render, including basic texture support, on a Bifrost chip (Mali G31)!

From Bifrost to Panfrost - deep dive into the first render

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

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

April 05, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS.

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

March 29, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is.

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Linux block I/O tracing

March 28, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Like starting a car with the hood open, sometimes you need to run your program with certain analysis tools attached to get a full sense of what is going wrong – or right.

Linux block I/O tracing

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

March 24, 2017 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

At the GTK hackfest in London (which accidentally became mostly a Flatpak hackfest) I've mainly been looking into how to make D-Bus work better for app container technologies like Flatpak and Snap.

GTK+ Hackfest 2017: D-Bus communication with containers

Performance analysis in Linux

March 21, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Modern CPUs implement a number of technologies that may affect application performance in unpredictable ways. Figuring out what is going wrong with an application can be a hard task, but it can become much easier with the correct analysis tools.

Performance analysis in Linux

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

March 13, 2017 by Frédéric Dalleau  |   Blog

Once you've setup a virtual machine in QEMU using debootstrap, there are a number of tools available for testing, tracing and debugging, such as Kmemleak for memory leaks, GDB (GNU Debugger), ftrace et dynamic_debug.

Kernel debugging with QEMU: An overview of tools available

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

March 08, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Before being able to write firmware data to any production Chromebook device, the Write-Protect screw has to be removed.

Quick hack: Removing the Chromebook Write-Protect screw

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

March 01, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

The past few months have been busy ones on the open-source graphics front, bringing with them Wayland 1.13, Weston 2.0 and Mesa 17.0. Here's a look at some of these developments, including Collabora's behind-the-scenes work on performance improvement.

A flurry of open source graphics milestones

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

February 23, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

How to create your custom Android image, and APK app(s), all at once.

Quick hack: Precompiling APK files during Android AOSP build

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

February 16, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

How to set up a fully functional ChromiumOS development environment on actual Chromebook hardware.

Quick hack: Setting up a ChromiumOS dev environment

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

February 09, 2017 by Varad Gautam  |   Blog

Over the past few weeks, I have been working for Collabora on plumbing DRM format modifier support across a number of components in the graphics stack. This post documents the work and the related consequences/implications.

Optimizing graphics memory bandwidth with compression and tiling: Notes on DRM format modifiers

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

January 26, 2017 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

In the last two articles we talked about how Explicit Fencing can help the graphics pipeline in general and what happened on the effort to upstream the Android Sync Framework. Now on the third and final post of this series we will go through the Explicit…

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 3

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

Patch Ready for Linux Plumbers 2023

November 09, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

To ensure the Linux kernel is running smoothly, it requires maintenance from a variety of levels. Those working on the lower levels, or the plumber layers, of the kernel will have a chance to convene next week at the annual Linux Plumbers Conference.

Patch Ready for Linux Plumbers 2023

Benchmarking machine learning frameworks

November 02, 2023 by Vineet Suryan  |   News & Events

MLBench enables developers and maintainers to effortlessly gauge how their frameworks perform compared to other implementations, prior code versions, or across different boards, with respect to both runtime performance and other metrics.

Benchmarking machine learning frameworks

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