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Kernel 5.17: Solid & steady

March 31, 2022 by Sebastian Fricke  |   News & Events

While eastern Europe has experienced ghastly events that have shaken the world, the latest Linux kernel release could aptly be named "Solid & Steady." Here's a look at some of the contributions made by Collabora's kernel team.

Kernel 5.17: Solid & steady

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

March 30, 2022 by Xavier Claessens  |   Blog

When developing an application or a library, it is very common to want to run it without installing it, or to install it into a custom prefix rather than on the system. Here's how Meson can help with that.

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

School's back in session at Open Source 101

March 24, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Join us next week for Open Source 101, a one-day conference where we'll dive into the latest around FOSS virtual & augmented reality, and look at the implications of enabling automated testing upstream.

School's back in session at Open Source 101

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

An incredible amount has changed in Mesa and in the Vulkan ecosystems since we wrote the first Vulkan driver in Mesa for Intel hardware back in 2015. Not only has Vulkan grown, but Mesa has as well.

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

Improving the reliability of file system monitoring tools

March 14, 2022 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Every file system used in production has tools to try to recover from system crashes. To provide a better infrastructure for those tools, our kernel team developed FAN_FS_ERROR, a new fanotify event which monitors error notifications.

Improving the reliability of file system monitoring tools

PipeWire: A year in review & a look ahead

March 08, 2022 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

The PipeWire project made major strides over the past few years, bringing shiny new features, and paving the way for new possibilities in the Linux multimedia scene. A look what was accomplished in 2021, and what lies ahead for 2022.

PipeWire: A year in review & a look ahead

Portable Linux gaming with the Steam Deck

March 01, 2022 by Simon McVittie  |   News & Events

Congratulations to Valve on the release of the Steam Deck, their new handheld gaming PC! With it comes a new release of SteamOS, complete with a brand new A/B design for seamless system updates.

Portable Linux gaming with the Steam Deck

New faces for new challenges

February 28, 2022 by Kara Bembrirdge  |   News & Events

As the globe still navigates the twists and turns of the times, Collabora can confidently say we've been steadily on the rise. We've added brand new members to our crew who are more than equipped to keep pace.

New faces for new challenges

GStreamer 1.20: Embedded & WebRTC lead the way

February 18, 2022 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

At the forefront of contributors for this latest release, our team's work focused on two areas in which we believe GStreamer shines the brightest: embedded systems, and network streaming, in particular WebRTC.

GStreamer 1.20: Embedded & WebRTC lead the way

Landing a new syscall: What is futex?

February 08, 2022 by André Almeida  |   Blog

Over the past 18 months, we have been on a roller-coaster ride developing futex2, a new set of system calls. As part of this effort, the futex_waitv() syscall has now landed in Linux 5.16. But what exactly is futex?

Landing a new syscall: What is futex?

FOSDEM 2022

February 01, 2022 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Kicking off in a matter of days, this jam-packed weekend will host over 50 devrooms and nearly 700 talks including an in-depth look at Mobian: an open-source project aimed at bringing Debian GNU/Linux to mobile devices.

FOSDEM 2022

Writing an open source GPU driver - without the hardware

January 27, 2022 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

Until now, no Valhall devices (Mali-G57, Mali-G78) ran mainline Linux - whilst this made driver development obviously difficult, there’s no better time to write drivers than before the devices even get into the hands of end users.

Writing an open source GPU driver - without the hardware

An introduction to Linux kernel initcalls

July 14, 2020 by Mylène Josserand  |   Blog

Initcalls, which serve to call functions during boot, were implemented early on in the development of the Linux Kernel. Read on as we take a closer look, including their purpose, their usage, ways to debug them (using initcall_debug or FTrace), and more.

An introduction to Linux kernel initcalls

Deep dive into OpenGL over DirectX layering

July 09, 2020 by Louis-Francis Ratté-Boulianne  |   Blog

Earlier this year, we announced a new project with Microsoft: the implementation of OpenCL & OpenGL to DirectX translation layers. Here's the latest on this work, including the steps taken to improve the performance of the OpenGL-On-D3D12 driver.

Deep dive into OpenGL over DirectX layering

Using syzkaller, part 4: Driver fuzzing

June 26, 2020 by Ricardo Cañuelo Navarro  |   Blog

Syzkaller is much needed tool for Linux kernel testing and debugging. With some work, it can also be enhanced to find bugs in specific drivers, such as V4L2. Here's how.

Using syzkaller, part 4: Driver fuzzing

Cross building Rust GStreamer plugins for the Raspberry Pi

June 23, 2020 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

Previously, we discussed about how Rust can be a great language for embedded programming. In this article, we'll explain an easy setup to cross build Rust code depending on system libraries, a common requirement when working on embedded systems.

Cross building Rust GStreamer plugins for the Raspberry Pi

Generating MPEG-DASH streams for Open Source adaptive streaming with GStreamer

June 12, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

Adaptive streaming is a technique to provide flexibility and scalability by offering variable bit-rate streams to the client. Here's a quick guide on how to generate a MPEG-DASH stream (the most completely adaptive streaming technique) using GStreamer.

Generating MPEG-DASH streams for Open Source adaptive streaming with GStreamer

Bifrost meets GNOME: Onward & upward to zero graphics blobs

June 05, 2020 by Alyssa Rosenzweig  |   Blog

With only free software, a Mali G31 chip can now run Wayland compositors with zero-copy graphics, including GNOME 3. We can run every scene in glmark2-es2, 3D games like Neverball can be played, and video players mpv and Kodi are now supported.

Bifrost meets GNOME: Onward & upward to zero graphics blobs

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

May 27, 2020 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Device drivers can support more revisions and SoC platforms by abstracting away specific hardware interface layouts. Let's examine a specific instance of this process, namely the effort to make the MIPI DSI host controller driver more generic.

Using regmaps to make Linux drivers more generic

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

May 15, 2020 by Stéphane Cerveau  |   Blog

gst-build is one of the main build systems used by the community to develop the GStreamer platform. In my last blog post, I presented gst-build and explained how to get started with it. Now, let's get straight to the point regarding cross-compilation.

Cross-compiling with gst-build and GStreamer

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

May 12, 2020 by Andre Almeida  |   Blog

In part 2 of this series on syzkaller, we looked at how to install the tool and use it to improve our code base. Now, how does syzkaller report a bug it finds in the execution path of a system call? Let's add a new syscall description and see how it goes.

Using syzkaller, part 3: Fuzzing your changes

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

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

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

Kernel 6.6: Long-awaited features and enhanced hardware support

October 31, 2023 by Laura Nao  |   News & Events

Linux Kernel 6.6 has arrived, bringing a significant amount of new features and performance enhancements. Collabora has actively contributed many patches, including work on MediaTek and Rockchip.

Kernel 6.6: Long-awaited features and enhanced hardware support

X.Org Developer's Conference 2023

October 12, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

The fall conference season continues next week with the X.Org Developer's Conference, taking place from October 17 to 19 in A Coruna, Spain. Sponsored by Collabora, this event brings together developers with an interest in open graphics.

X.Org Developer's Conference 2023

Pressing play on GStreamer Conference 2023

September 21, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Sunny Spain will have multimedia developers on speed dial next week for the 11th edition of the GStreamer Conference, taking place at the Palexco Convention Centre in A Coruña from September 25 to 26.

Pressing play on GStreamer Conference 2023

Perfecting Open Source Recipes in Paris

September 19, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

The world-renowned culinary scene in The City of Light will be getting a pack of different types of chefs next week for Kernel Recipes and Embedded Recipes. Kernel Recipes kicks off on September 25, then Embedded Recipes from September 28 to 29.

Perfecting Open Source Recipes in Paris

Empowering Open Source at IBC 2023

September 11, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Collabora is headed to Amsterdam! This year, we will be showcasing some of our recent work on the DAB protocol, as well as the software integration of LCEVC, MPEG's novel enhancement codec, into the GStreamer multimedia framework.

Empowering Open Source at IBC 2023

Monado SLAM datasets now available

September 11, 2023 by Mateo de Mayo  |   News & Events

The Monado SLAM datasets (MSD) are egocentric visual-inertial SLAM datasets recorded to improve the Basalt-based inside-out tracking component of the Monado project.

Monado SLAM datasets now available

Video codecs: Adding AV1 stateless video decoder support to Linux

September 07, 2023 by Benjamin Gaignard  |   News & Events

The latest mainline Linux kernel (v6.5) includes 22 patches that enable support for the AV1 uAPI and for two stateless video decoders: one for the Rockchip RK3588 and one for MT8195, a MediaTek SoC.

Video codecs: Adding AV1 stateless video decoder support to Linux

Linux kernel 6.5: USB4v2 and Wifi7 have arrived

August 30, 2023 by Adrian Larumbe  |   News & Events

The 6.5 release is here and it comes with many changes. As is often the case, Collabora has been actively involved in the submission of patches, mostly in the task of hardware enablement for Mediatek and Rockchip SoCs.

Linux kernel 6.5: USB4v2 and Wifi7 have arrived

Ready to All Systems Go!

August 23, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

Set in the captivating city of Berlin, All Systems Go! is ready to explore foundational user-space Linux technologies after a 4-year hiatus.

Ready to All Systems Go!

NVK Has landed!

August 04, 2023 by Faith Ekstrand  |   News & Events

As of today, NVK, the new Vulkan driver for Nvidia GPUs, has landed in the main Mesa branch and will be included as an experimental driver in the 23.3 release of Mesa.

NVK Has landed!

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