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Collabora in Linux Format

March 22, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Check out the April issue (#222) of Linux Format magazine for our new monthly column on all things Open Source, including graphics, multimedia and more!

Collabora in Linux Format

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

Two weeks, four events!

March 07, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Over the next two weeks, Collaborans will be present at four different events across the globe. If you plan on attending at any of these conferences, please reach out and say hello!

Two weeks, four events!

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

Embedded Linux Conference 2017

February 21, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Starting today, and for the next few days, Collaborans will be taking part in this year's Embedded Linux Conference North America, the "premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products".

Embedded Linux Conference 2017

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.10

February 20, 2017 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News and Events

Linux Kernel 4.10 is out, and this time Collabora contributed a total of 39 patches by 10 different developers.

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.10

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

Hello Amsterdam!

February 08, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

On February 8 & 9, Collabora will be attending Integrated Systems Europe 2017, the world's largest tradeshow dedicated to professional AV and electronic systems integration, taking place at the Amsterdam RAI.

Hello Amsterdam!

A summer sprint: bringing near-native performance to Zink

November 06, 2020 by Mike Blumenkrantz  |   Blog

This week marks two years since the OpenGL implementation on Vulkan was initially announced. Since then, and especially over the past few months, much has progressed with many new features being added and performance now close to native (95%!).

A summer sprint: bringing near-native performance to Zink

From Panfrost to production, a tale of Open Source graphics

November 03, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Since our previous update on Panfrost, the open source stack for Arm's Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, we've focused on taking our driver from its reverse-engineered origins on Midgard to a mature stack.

From Panfrost to production, a tale of Open Source graphics

Engaging in an "Open First" remote internship at Collabora

October 20, 2020 by Gustavo Noronha  |   Blog

The concept of a remote internship may raise some doubts, or even red flags, for many students, as would remote jobs for professionals. As a result, we pay extra attention to how we onboard and support our interns.

Engaging in an "Open First" remote internship at Collabora

Building GStreamer text rendering and overlays on Windows with gst-build

September 28, 2020 by Aaron Boxer  |   Blog

GStreamer relies on various 2D font rendering and layout libraries such as Pango and Cairo to generate text for the Pango plugin, which contains elements such as textoverlay. Here's how to add the Pango plugin to a gst-build installation on Windows.

Building GStreamer text rendering and overlays on Windows with gst-build

Initcalls, part 2: Digging into implementation

September 25, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   Blog

In this second part of this blog post series on Linux kernel initcalls, we'll go deeper into implementation, with a look at the colorful __device_initcall() macro, the rootfs initcall, and how modules can be executed.

Initcalls, part 2: Digging into implementation

Open Source meets Super Resolution, part 1

September 21, 2020 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

Introducing an accurate and light-weight deep network for video super-resolution upscaling, running on a completely open source software stack using Panfrost, the free and open-source graphics driver for Mali GPUs.

Open Source meets Super Resolution, part 1

Integrating libcamera into PipeWire

September 11, 2020 by Raghavendra Rao  |   Blog

PipeWire continues to evolve with the recent integration of libcamera, a library to support complex cameras. In this blog post, I'll explain why libcamera exists, what it does, and how we integrated it in PipeWire.

Integrating libcamera into PipeWire

Pushing pixels to your Chromebook

August 31, 2020 by Emil Velikov  |   Blog

A high-level introduction of the Linux graphics stack, how it is used within ChromeOS, and the work done to improve software rendering (while simultaneously improving GPU rendering by reducing the boilerplate needed in applications).

Pushing pixels to your Chromebook

Using the Linux kernel's Case-insensitive feature in Ext4

August 27, 2020 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Last year, a (controversial) feature was added to the Linux kernel to support optimized case-insensitive file name lookups in the Ext4 filesystem. Here's a look at why this was merged, what improvements have been made since, and how to put it to work.

Using the Linux kernel's Case-insensitive feature in Ext4

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

Reverse-engineering the Mali G78

July 20, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   News & Events

Collabora reverse-engineers Mali G78 instruction set and releases documentation, disassembler, and assembler for its "Valhall" architecture.

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

Growing for the road ahead

June 21, 2021 by Erica Ryoo  |   News & Events

Despite the many obstacles brought on by the pandemic, Collabora has continued to grow its teams for the road ahead. Join us in welcoming Kiril, Benjamin, Daniel, Shreeya, Ariel, Nicolas and James!

Growing for the road ahead

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

June 07, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

We first announced our work on the driver last December, and posted an update earlier this year. We are now happy to announce a second update for this driver, adding several major features which increase its scope and utility.

Wine on Wayland meets Vulkan, multi-monitor support & more

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

June 02, 2021 by Marius Vlad  |   News & Events

Simplifying AGL's existing Wayland-based graphical stack and avoiding the use of modules that aren't maintained upstream has lead to the creation of a new compositor based on libweston, bringing more reliable and fine-grained system control.

A libweston-based compositor for Automotive Grade Linux

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

May 27, 2021 by Rohan Garg  |   News & Events

Thanks to a new, low overhead extension in Mesa, OpenGL and Vulkan applications can now talk to each other, bringing more flexibility to application developers while easing the transition path between the industry-standard Khronos® APIs.

Bridging the OpenGL and Vulkan divide

Kernel 5.12: Working to close the gap

May 04, 2021 by Ariel D'Alessandro  |   News & Events

With their latest contributions all around the kernel, notably to the Video4Linux APIs and hardware enablement, Collaborans continue to expand on their efforts to close the gap between hardware support on vendor trees and mainline.

Kernel 5.12: Working to close the gap

PanVk: An Open Source Vulkan driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs

March 25, 2021 by Boris Brezillon  |   News & Events

The Panfrost project started as a reverse engineering effort to understand Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPU internals. With the driver getting more and more mature, the natural next step was to work on an Open Source Vulkan driver for those GPUs.

PanVk: An Open Source Vulkan driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs

Linaro Virtual Connect - Spring 2021

March 22, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Join us this week at the Spring edition of Linaro Virtual Connect, as we discuss bringing stateless video decoding support to Linux, and take a look at where we are, and what's to come, for open drivers for Arm GPUs.

Linaro Virtual Connect - Spring 2021

OpenGL on DirectX: Conformance & upstreaming of the D3D12 driver

March 10, 2021 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   News & Events

One year ago, we announced a new partnership with Microsoft to build OpenGL mapping layers to DirectX 12. Today, we're excited to share that the we have passed the OpenGL 3.3 conformance tests, and have now upstreamed the D3D12 driver in Mesa 3D!

OpenGL on DirectX: Conformance & upstreaming of the D3D12 driver

Wine on Wayland: An exciting first update

February 19, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

Two months ago we announced a first proposal for a Wayland driver for Wine, the compatibility layer for Windows applications. Here's an update on this effort, which contains more details and instructions for building and running the Wayland driver.

Wine on Wayland: An exciting first update

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