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Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 1

September 13, 2016 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

When it comes to buffer sharing synchronization in the kernel there are two ways of doing it: Implicit Fencing and Explicit Fencing. The difference between them relies on the fact that the kernel may or may not share synchronization information with userspace,…

Mainline Explicit Fencing - Part 1

Event: IBC 2016

September 05, 2016 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Collabora will be exhibiting at IBC 2016, the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Event: IBC 2016

Building Android for Qemu: A Step-by-Step Guide

September 02, 2016 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Developing Linux for Android on Qemu allows you to do some things that are not necessarily possible using the stock emulator. For my purposes I need access to a GPU and be able to modify the driver, which is where Virgilrenderer and Qemu comes in handy.

Building Android for Qemu: A Step-by-Step Guide

Increased performance of emulated NVMe devices

August 23, 2016 by Helen Fornazier  |   Blog

Nowadays, in Google Cloud Engine (GCE), it is possible to attach a local SSD with the NVMe interface to your virtual machine. Unfortunately, you only get a good number of iops (input/output operations per second) if you instantiate a machine with nvme-backports-debian-7-wheezy…

Increased performance of emulated NVMe devices

Thoughts about reviewing large patchsets

August 12, 2016 by Philip Withnall  |   Blog

I have recently been involved in reviewing some large feature patchsets for a project at work, and thought it might be interesting to discuss some of the principles we have been trying to stick to when going about these reviews.

Thoughts about reviewing large patchsets

OpenGL 4.4 for Intel Linux Drivers

August 05, 2016 by Timothy Arceri  |   Blog

For years the open source Linux OpenGL drivers have been playing catchup to the proprietary drivers and in the case of Intel hardware to the Windows driver. Recently, a major milestone was reached in bridging this gap with the enablement of OpenGL 4.4…

OpenGL 4.4 for Intel Linux Drivers

Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.7

July 26, 2016 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

Linux Kernel 4.7 was released this week with a total of 36 contributions from five Collabora engineers. It includes the first contributions from Helen as Collaboran and the first ever contributions on the kernel from Robert Foss. Here are some of the…

Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.7

GStreamer Echo Canceller

July 08, 2016 by Nicolas Dufresne  |   Blog

For a long time I believed that echo cancellers had no place inside GStreamer. The theory was that GStreamer was too high level and would never be able to provide accurate enough delay information for any canceller to work.

GStreamer Echo Canceller

Introducing GStreamer VR Plug-ins and SPHVR

July 04, 2016 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   Blog

The dawn of VR video players demand new features in terms of projection and hardware access. In his recent R&D work, a Collaboran implemented a way to view spherical videos with GStreamer on a Virtual Reality headset. In this article, he gives his thoughts…

Introducing GStreamer VR Plug-ins and SPHVR

Event: DebConf16

June 30, 2016 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

Collabora is proud to be sponsoring DebConf16, the annual Debian developers meeting, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 2 July to 9 July 2016.

Event: DebConf16

SVVR 2016: Virtual reality in the Valley

June 27, 2016 by Frédéric Plourde  |   Blog

I’ve been fortunate enough lately to attend the largest virtual reality professional event/conference : SVVR. This virtual reality conference’s been held each year in the Silicon Valley for 3 years now. This year, it showcased more than 100 VR companies…

SVVR 2016: Virtual reality in the Valley

GTK Hackfest 2016

June 22, 2016 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

I'm back from the GTK hackfest in Toronto, Canada and mostly recovered from jetlag, so it's time to write up my notes on what we discussed there.

GTK Hackfest 2016

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

A look at the Chamelium board

January 24, 2017 by Tomeu Vizoso  |   Blog

Last month I gave a short talk about the Chamelium board from the ChromeOS team, a board that is getting more and more usage outside of Google as it can help you automate the testing of your display (and not only!) code and hardware.

A look at the Chamelium board

Event: IBC 2015

September 05, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Amsterdam, The Netherlands - from 10/09/2015 to 15/09/2015: we are thrilled to be joining ARM to demonstrate our latest technology showcases together at their booth at IBC 2015. Booth Hall 4.C61

Event: IBC 2015

Event: LPC 2015

August 14, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Seattle, USA - from 19/08/2015 to 21/08/2015: The Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) is a developer conference for those working on the “plumbing” of Linux.

Event: LPC 2015

Event: DebConf 2015

August 14, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Heidelberg, Germany - from 15/08/2015 to 22/08/2015: The 16th annual Debian developers meeting.

Event: DebConf 2015

Event: GStreamer Hackfest 2015

August 14, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Montpellier, France - from 14/08/2015 to 16/08/2015: GStreamer developers are meeting up to work on the project.

Event: GStreamer Hackfest 2015

Event: InfoComm 2015

March 20, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Orlando, USA - from 17/06/2015 to 19/06/2015: we'll be exhibiting at InfoComm 2015, the largest event for professional AV in the world. Collabora booth 5469

Event: InfoComm 2015

Event: GENIVI AMM Stuttgart 2015

March 18, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Stuttgart, Germany - From 22/04/2015 to 22/04/2015: We will be exhibiting at the GENIVI Demonstration Showcase during the All Member Meeting.

Event: GENIVI AMM Stuttgart 2015

Event: ISE 2015

January 15, 2015 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 10-12, 2015: the world’s largest tradeshow dedicated to professional AV and electronic systems integration. Collabora booth #11-E61

Event: ISE 2015

Event: CES 2015

December 17, 2014 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Las Vegas, USA - January 6th - 9th, 2015: Collabora will be participating with key partners at CES 2015, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

Event: CES 2015

Event: Developer Experience Hackfest 2015

December 16, 2014 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Cambridge, UK January 25-29, 2015: Hosted at Collabora's UK headquarters, the Event Developer Hackfest 2015 aims to continue the tradition of pushing forward roadmaps for the toolkit and developer experience.

Event: Developer Experience Hackfest 2015

Event: Web Engines Hackfest 2014

November 24, 2014 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

A Coruña, Spain - December 7-10, 2014: Collabora are pleased to be sponsoring and attending the upcoming Web Engines Hackfest, which will bring together members from all parts of the Web Platform community.

Event: Web Engines Hackfest 2014

News: We are hiring!

October 21, 2014 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Software engineering, quality assurance, project management, and Finance are all looking for great and talented people. Please check us out. https://www.collabora.com/about-us/careers.html

News: We are hiring!

Event: GStreamer Conference 2014

September 29, 2014 by Guy Lunardi  |   News and Events

Düsseldorf, Germany October 16-17, 2014: the GStreamer Conference is a conference for developers, decision-makers, community members, industry partners, and anyone else interested in the GStreamer multimedia framework or Open Source and cross-platform…

Event: GStreamer Conference 2014

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