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Upcoming events - Fall 2016

September 19, 2016 by Mark Filion  |   News and Events

This fall, we're thrilled to be sponsoring not one, but five great conferences!

Upcoming events - Fall 2016

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

Zink: Summer 2021 update

June 14, 2021 by Erik Faye-Lund  |   Blog

There's a lot that has happened in the world of Zink since my last update, so let's see if I can bring you up to date on the most important stuff, including upstream development, support for OpenGL 4.6 & GLES 3.1, and more.

Zink: Summer 2021 update

Open Source OpenGL ES 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

June 11, 2021 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Panfrost, the open source driver for Arm Mali, now supports OpenGL ES 3.1 on both Midgard (Mali T760 and newer) and Bifrost (Mali G31, G52, G72) GPUs, adding a number of features, notably including compute shaders.

Open Source OpenGL ES 3.1 on Mali GPUs with Panfrost

Optimizing 3D performance with virglrenderer

May 17, 2021 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Collabora has been investing into Perfetto to enable driver authors & users to get deep insights into driver internals and GPU performance. Here's how we applied this work to study workloads on the virtualized VirGL implementation.

Optimizing 3D performance with virglrenderer

Mainline Linux gains accelerated video decoding for Microchip's SAMA5D4

May 11, 2021 by Emil Velikov  |   Blog

The Hantro Video4Linux2 (V4L2) kernel module has gained support for another SoC! The Microchip SAMA5D4 features a single decode unit supporting MPEG2, VP8 and H.264 streams, alongside the built-in post-processing unit.

Mainline Linux gains accelerated video decoding for Microchip's SAMA5D4

Quick hack: Patching kernel modules using DKMS

May 05, 2021 by Frederic Danis  |   Blog

DKMS is a framework that is mostly used to build and install external kernel modules. It can also be used to install a specific patch to the modules of the current kernel, such as applying a specific fix to the Bluetooth USB subsystem.

Quick hack: Patching kernel modules using DKMS

Build your own application with GTK 4 as a Meson subproject!

April 29, 2021 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

Building GTK 4 as a Meson subproject for your own application is not only useful for Windows builds, but also for many Linux distributions that do not yet package a recent enough version of GTK 4 and/or its dependencies.

Build your own application with GTK 4 as a Meson subproject!

Profiling virtualized GPU acceleration with Perfetto

April 22, 2021 by Antonio Caggiano  |   Blog

Recently, we have been using Perfetto to successfully profile Apitrace traces in crosvm through VirGL renderer. We have now added perfetto instrumentation to VirGL renderer, Mesa, and Apitrace to see what happens precisely in a frame.

Profiling virtualized GPU acceleration with Perfetto

Continuous 3D Hand Pose Tracking using Machine Learning & Monado OpenXR

April 20, 2021 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

As part of a project backed by INVEST-AI, a program managed by IVADO Labs, we have developed a multi-stage neural network-based solution that accurately locates and tracks the hands despite complex background noise and occlusion between hands.

Continuous 3D Hand Pose Tracking using Machine Learning & Monado OpenXR

An easy to use MTP implementation for your next embedded Linux project

April 13, 2021 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

Did you know you could run a permissively-licensed MTP implementation with minimal dependencies on an embedded device? Here's a step-by-step guide on how to easily run cmtp-responder on a Rock Pi 4 or any other board equipped with a UDC.

An easy to use MTP implementation for your next embedded Linux project

Rust: integrating LLVM source-base code coverage with GitLab

March 24, 2021 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

Earlier this year, the Rust compiler gained support for LLVM source-base code coverage. In this post we'll explain how to setup a CI job in a Rust project to feed source-base coverage information to GitLab.

Rust: integrating LLVM source-base code coverage with GitLab

Build and run GTK 4 applications with Visual Studio

March 18, 2021 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

Over the past few months, I've been working on a side project to improve Meson sub-project support. The best stress test is to build projects on Windows, without msys2, because it has no dependencies or tools installed (e.g. pkg-config).

Build and run GTK 4 applications with Visual Studio

New features, changes & improvements to KernelCI's UI

March 04, 2021 by Alexandra Pereira  |   Blog

The most complete automated testing and continuous integration tool for the Linux kernel continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Here's a look at the latest improvements to the KernelCI dashboard, the main web interface used by the project.

New features, changes & improvements to KernelCI's UI

Kernel 5.10: Rockchip, H.264, Bifrost & more!

December 14, 2020 by Ricardo Cañuelo Navarro  |   News & Events

Even amidst the chaos and uncertainty that 2020 brought, Linux Kernel development keeps moving forward at a constant and relentless pace. Collabora remains active, developing, maintaining, documenting and testing many parts of the kernel.

Kernel 5.10: Rockchip, H.264, Bifrost & more!

Linux App Summit 2020

November 12, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Starting today, and running until Saturday, join us at Linux App Summit for a look at Linux graphics, PipeWire, our work with Valve, and a virtual office hour with our Engineering Manager!

Linux App Summit 2020

Monado update: Passing conformance, Android support & more

November 02, 2020 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

Monado 0.4 OpenXR runtime introduces initial support for Android and passes all of the OpenXR conformance tests with both OpenGL and Vulkan on desktop with a simulated device.

Monado update: Passing conformance, Android support & more

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

October 22, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The 4-day event is dedicated to everything open source and will showcase a program of 250+ talks. Collaborans will once again be actively participating in the week's activities, with no less than eight presentations, a BoF on KernelCI, and two panel discussions!

Open Source Summit Europe & ELCE 2020

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

October 22, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   News & Events

Collaborans continue to be very active in the Linux kernel, authoring over 150 commits in this release. Here's a look at the improvements, and new features, contributed by our team, notably in hardware support, multimedia, graphics and testing.

Kernel 5.9: Onwards and upwards

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

October 06, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   News & Events

A move to GitLab. A switch to the powerful Meson build system. A fast and reliable CI system implemented. The GStreamer community has been busy, bringing a bevy of enhancements to 1.18. Here's a look at the key contributions by Collaborans.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.18

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

September 15, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The lineup of great virtual conferences continues this week with the 2020 edition of X.Org Developer's Conference (XDC), the leading event for developers working on all things Open graphics, including the Linux kernel, Mesa, DRM, Wayland and X11.

X.Org Developer's Conference 2020

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

August 24, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

August ends on a high note with two virtual events this week: DebConf20, Debian's annual conference, and Linux Plumbers Conference, the premier event for developers working at all levels of the Linux kernel's plumbing layer and beyond.

One week, two events: DebConf20 & Linux Plumbers Conference

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

August 05, 2020 by Dafna Hirschfeld  |   News & Events

The ability for a relatively small software consultancy to contribute at this level demonstrates a fantastic improvement in vendors' mindset when it comes to working Open First and providing mainline support out-of-box as early as possible.

Kernel 5.8: Collabora's biggest & most significant contributions yet!

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

July 17, 2020 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

HTC Vive (Pro) and Valve Index hardware users can now experiment with positional tracking in Monado, thanks to the implementation of a libsurvive driver using the libsurvive library developed by Charles Lohr, David Berger and many contributors.

Lighthouse positional tracking in Monado with libsurvive

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

July 16, 2020 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of WirePlumber (the PipeWire session manager) version 0.3.0. This release brings support for desktop use cases and is a working drop-in replacement for PipeWire's example session manager.

WirePlumber 0.3 released, now ready for the desktop

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!

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