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Welcoming the newest Collaborans!

June 21, 2019 by Jassie Badion  |   News & Events

For many, June 21, day of the Solstice, is a day of celebrations. At Collabora, we're also celebrating, as we take a moment to welcome all the newest members of our engineering and administration teams who've joined over the last year!

Welcoming the newest Collaborans!

Building Debian images for Le Potato and OrangePi with debos

June 18, 2019 by Frédéric Danis  |   Blog

Both the Le Potato and OrangePi Zero Plus2 boards are already supported by Armbian. But how do you get a minimal Debian upstream image with only the packages you want? Debos is the perfect tool to do this.

Building Debian images for Le Potato and OrangePi with debos

Joining Collabora for a summer of Panfrost

June 05, 2019 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Years ago, I joined the open-source community with a passion and a mission: to enable equal access to high-quality computing via open-source software. With this mission, I co-founded Panfrost, aiming to create an open-source driver for the Mali GPU.

Joining Collabora for a summer of Panfrost

Google Summer of Code 2019

May 30, 2019 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few days ago, coding began for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects. Along with four GStreamer and Wayland related projects, this year's edition also includes two Debian projects for which Collaborans will be mentors.

Google Summer of Code 2019

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

May 23, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

With virtme, you can run a custom built kernel on top of our running root filesystem. In this post, we explore another example of virtme in action, and see how to test Video4Linux2 drivers on bleeding edge GStreamer builds.

Testing Video4Linux2 drivers like a boss

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

May 16, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Introducing cmtp-responder - a permissively licensed Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) responder implementation which allows embedded devices to provide MTP services and supports a core set of MTP operations.

Permissively-licensed MTP device implementation

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

May 14, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Up until now, talking in-depth about userspace tracing was deliberately avoided because it merits special treatment, hence this part devoted to it. We'll now look at the why of it, and we'll examine eBPF user tracing in two categories: static and dynamic.

An eBPF overview, part 5: Tracing user processes

Linux Kernel 5.1

May 09, 2019 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

Earlier this week, Linux Kernel 5.1 was released, and with it came over 13,000 commits from developers all around the world, including Collaborans. This time around, no less than 12 different developers contributed commits (64), sign-offs (111) & more.

Linux Kernel 5.1

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

May 08, 2019 by Santosh Mahto  |   Blog

After a successful team effort, the patch enabling the Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF) Ozone builds to run with different platform backends, such as Wayland, has finally landed upstream.

CEF on Wayland upstreamed

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

May 06, 2019 by Aaron Boxer  |   News & Events

After a year-long development cycle, the much anticipated release was made available recently. With it came a number of exciting new features we're especially proud of, including per-element latency tracer and support for planar or non-interleaved audio.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.16

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

May 06, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Now that we've studied the mainstream way of developing and using eBPF programs on top of the low-level VM mechanisms, we'll look at projects taking different approaches, attempting solutions to some of the unique problems faced by embedded Linux.

An eBPF overview, part 4: Working with embedded systems

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

May 02, 2019 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

A previous post introduced the SPURV Android compatibility layer for Wayland based Linux environment. In this post, we're going to dig into how you can run an Android application on the very common i.MX6 based Nitrogen6_MAX board.

Running Android and Wayland on embedded devices

Running Chromium with Ozone-GBM on a GNU/Linux desktop

November 27, 2017 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

Ozone is Chromium’s next-gen platform abstraction layer for graphics and input. When developing either Ozone itself or an application that uses Ozone, it is often beneficial to be able to run the code on the development machine, which is usually a typical…

Running Chromium with Ozone-GBM on a GNU/Linux desktop

ipcpipeline: Splitting a GStreamer pipeline into multiple processes

November 17, 2017 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

Earlier this year I worked on a certain GStreamer plugin that is called “ipcpipeline”. This plugin provides elements that make it possible to interconnect GStreamer pipelines that run in different processes. In this blog post I am going to explain how…

ipcpipeline: Splitting a GStreamer pipeline into multiple processes

Quick hack: Experiments with crosvm

November 09, 2017 by Tomeu Vizoso  |   Blog

Running crosvm outside Chromium OS is quite easy, with the only complication being that minijail isn't widely packaged in distros. In these instructions, we hack around the issue with linker environment variables so we don't have to install it properly.

Quick hack: Experiments with crosvm

Tracing memory leaks in the NFC Digital Protocol stack

November 06, 2017 by Thierry Escande  |   Blog

Kmemleak allows you to track possible memory leaks inside the Linux kernel. Basically, it tracks dynamically allocated memory blocks in the kernel and reports those without any reference left and that are therefore impossible to free.

Tracing memory leaks in the NFC Digital Protocol stack

Who knew we still had low-hanging fruit?

October 17, 2017 by Gustavo Noronha  |   Blog

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Web Engines Hackfest, hosted by Igalia at their offices in A Coruña, and also sponsored by my employer, Collabora, Google and Mozilla. It has grown a lot and we had many new people this year.

Who knew we still had low-hanging fruit?

Performance analysis in Linux (continued)

October 06, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

In this post, I will show one more example of how easy it is to disrupt performance of a modern CPU, and also run a quick discussion on why performance matters - as well as present a few cases where it shouldn't matter.

Performance analysis in Linux (continued)

XDC 2017 - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

September 23, 2017 by Guy Lunardi  |   Blog

Many thanks to Google for recording all the XDC2017 talks. To make them easier to watch, here are direct links to each talk recorded at XDC2017.

XDC 2017 - Links to recorded presentations (videos)

DebConf 17: Flatpak and Debian

August 17, 2017 by Simon McVittie  |   Blog

Last week, I attended DebConf 17 in Montréal, returning to DebConf for the first time in 10 years (last time was DebConf 7 in Edinburgh). It was great to put names to faces and meet more of my co-developers in person!

DebConf 17: Flatpak and Debian

Android: NXP i.MX6 on Etnaviv Update

July 24, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

More progress is being made in the area of i.MX6, etnaviv and Android. Since the last post a lot work has gone into upstreaming and stabilizing the etnaviv on Android ecosystem. This has involved Android, kernel and Mesa changes, many of which are available…

Android: NXP i.MX6 on Etnaviv Update

vkmark: more than a Vulkan benchmark

July 18, 2017 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

Ever since Vulkan was announced a few years ago, the idea of creating a Vulkan benchmarking tool in the spirit of glmark2 had been floating in my mind. Recently, thanks to my employer, Collabora, this idea has materialized! The result is the vkmark Vulkan…

vkmark: more than a Vulkan benchmark

Quick hack: Performance debugging Linux graphics on Mesa

June 29, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Debugging graphics performance in a simple and high-level manner is possible for all Gallium based Mesa drivers using GALLIUM_HUD, a feature that adds performance graphs to applications.

Quick hack: Performance debugging Linux graphics on Mesa

Debian armhf VM on arm64 server

June 20, 2017 by Sjoerd Simons  |   Blog

At Collabora one of the many things we do is build Debian derivatives/overlays for customers on a variety of architectures including 32 bit and 64 bit ARM systems. And just as Debian does, our OBS system builds on native systems rather than emulators.

Debian armhf VM on arm64 server

Connecting at Embedded World 2023

March 09, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Nestled in the historic city of Nuremberg, the annual Embedded World conference will be taking place from March 14 to 16. Collabora will be set up in Hall 4, Booth 4-404, with plenty of space to connect and multiple demos to showcase

Connecting at Embedded World 2023

Monado's "Mercury" hand tracking now ready for use!

February 24, 2023 by Moses Turner  |   News & Events

Work on this new tracking method started around January 2022. Now, after a little over a year of development, Monado's "Mercury" hand tracking is finally ready for the public to use!

Monado's "Mercury" hand tracking now ready for use!

PanCSF: A new DRM driver for Mali CSF-based GPUs

February 23, 2023 by Boris Brezillon  |   News & Events

A look into the new job-scheduling model with Mali GPUs, their support in the new PanCSF DRM driver, and what it means as the rest of the ecosystem also moves to firmware-assisted scheduling.

PanCSF: A new DRM driver for Mali CSF-based GPUs

Kernel 6.2: More Rust support for drivers

February 21, 2023 by Daniel Almeida  |   News & Events

With more SoC support, a new V4L2 driver and a new dma-buf locking convention among its contributions, Collabora was one of the most active employers for this latest kernel development cycle.

Kernel 6.2: More Rust support for drivers

GStreamer 1.22: Bigger and better!

February 08, 2023 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

Improved support for hardware accelerated video decoders, new GTK+ integration for Wayland rendering, and further Meson enhancements to make GStreamer shine on embedded, Collabora's multimedia team made a number of key contributions for this latest release.

GStreamer 1.22: Bigger and better!

FOSDEM back in full force for 2023

January 20, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

After two years of hosting the event virtually, Brussels will once again welcome attendees on February 4 & 5 on the old stomping grounds of the ULB Solbosch Campus. Collabora will be presenting 8 different talks, in 7 devrooms as well as on the main track!

FOSDEM back in full force for 2023

Always growing, always evolving

December 29, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

With only a few months passing since our last new joiner update, it should come as no surprise that the Collabora crowd has expanded yet again. Our flexible disposition affords us an exceptional bunch to onboard when opportunity knocks.

Always growing, always evolving

Faith Ekstrand is a 2022 Khronie Award recipient!

December 19, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Contributing to the Vulkan Working Group since 2015, Faith has continues to make a significant impact. Her expertise and diligence has helped to shape the group and we're proud to see his hard work see some well earned spotlight.

Faith Ekstrand is a 2022 Khronie Award recipient!

Kernel 6.1: Multi-generational improvements

December 13, 2022 by AngeloGioacchino Del Regno  |   News & Events

Collabora's contributions include ongoing upstreaming of the RockChip RK3588 and MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) SoCs, numerous bug fixes and improvements for Cedrus and Hantro IPs, and memory shrinker support for the VirtIO-GPU driver.

Kernel 6.1: Multi-generational improvements

Wine on Wayland 2022 update: more games, more apps, more fun!

December 12, 2022 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   News & Events

The focus in 2022 was on maturing the Wayland driver and keeping up to date with the Wine upstream internal changes, which involved updating it for the latest internal driver APIs, and making preparations to support WoW64.

Wine on Wayland 2022 update: more games, more apps, more fun!

KernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

December 06, 2022 by Adrian Ratiu  |   News & Events

After waiting in the Linux-next integration tree for about 18 months, the basic Rust infrastructure finally landed in the mainline Linux kernel with the imminent release of v6.1.

KernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

Shifting to open gears for the Automotive Linux Summit

December 01, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Coming up next week at the Automotive Linux Summit in Yokohama and virtually, Marius Vlad and Daniel Stone will present the latest on the AGL Wayland compositor, and the current state of graphics virtualization upstream.

Shifting to open gears for the Automotive Linux Summit

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