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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

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

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

Testing Weston DRM/KMS backends with virtme and VKMS

August 07, 2020 by Leandro Ribeiro  |   Blog

Recent work in Weston, the industry-standard Wayland compositor, has enabled DRM/KMS backends to be tested in the absence of real hardware, enabling more battle testing of corner-case and error conditions within automated testing frameworks.

Testing Weston DRM/KMS backends with virtme and VKMS

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

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

How to share code between Vulkan and Gallium

January 16, 2024 by Faith Ekstrand  |   Blog

One of the key high-level challenges of building Mesa drivers these days is figuring out how to best share code between a Vulkan driver and a Gallium driver when Gallium isn't really capable of implementing Vulkan. Here's how.

How to share code between Vulkan and Gallium

Google Open Source Peer Bonus 2023

December 19, 2023 by Mark Filion  |   Blog

Google Open Source have chosen their second group of winners for the 2023 Google Open Source Peer Bonus Program, and Arnaud Ferraris, Senior Software Engineer at Collabora and Mobian project lead, is among the recipients!

Google Open Source Peer Bonus 2023

A new kselftest for verifying driver probe of Devicetree-based platforms

December 11, 2023 by Nícolas F. R. A. Prado  |   Blog

As we continue working to improve the kernel integration landscape on multiple fronts, this also means making better tests available for all. Working closely with the community, we have now landed a new, ready-to-use, kselftest in mainline Linux.

A new kselftest for verifying driver probe of Devicetree-based platforms

Thoughts on PipeWire 1.0 and beyond

December 06, 2023 by George Kiagiadakis  |   Blog

We can now confidently say that PipeWire is here to stay. But of course it is not the end of the journey. There are many new areas to explore going forward, especially in WirePlumber and the ecosystem that builds around PipeWire.

Thoughts on PipeWire 1.0 and beyond

Persian Rug, Part 3 - The warp and the weft

December 05, 2023 by Edmund Smith  |   Blog

Our look at the Rust crate for interconnected objects continues, as we examine how persian-rug really does tie the room together by providing a convenient container solution with a safety net to go along with it.

Persian Rug, Part 3 - The warp and the weft

Advocating a better Kernel Integration for all

December 01, 2023 by Gustavo Padovan  |   Blog

The testing ecosystem in the Linux kernel has been steadily growing, but are efforts sufficiently coordinated? How can we help developers and maintainers integrate code more efficiently? How can we mitigate maintainer burnout?

Advocating a better Kernel Integration for all

WirePlumber: Exploring Lua scripts with Event Dispatcher

October 30, 2023 by Ashok Sidipotu  |   Blog

With the upcoming 0.5 release, WirePlumber's Lua scripts will be transformed with the new Event Dispatcher. More modular and extensible with very little redundant processing, they will look and feel completely different.

WirePlumber: Exploring Lua scripts with Event Dispatcher

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on ChromeOS: part 2

October 02, 2023 by Daniel Almeida  |   Blog

This second installment explores the Rust libraries Collabora developed to decode video and how these libraries are used within ARCVM to eventually remove CrosVM's dependency on the Chrome codec stack.

A roadmap for VirtIO Video on ChromeOS: part 2

Persian Rug, Part 2 - Other ways to make object soups in Rust

September 27, 2023 by Edmund Smith  |   Blog

Why is creating object graphs hard in Rust? In part 1, we looked at a basic pattern, where two types of objects refer to one another. In this part we'll follow up in more detail and examine the different approaches that can be applied.

Persian Rug, Part 2 - Other ways to make object soups in Rust

WhisperSpeech: Exploring new horizons in text-to-speech tech

September 13, 2023 by Jakub Piotr Clapa  |   Blog

Text-to-speech (TTS) models are playing a transformative role, from enriching audiobooks to enhancing podcasts and even improving interactions with chatbots. Meet WhisperSpeech, an Open Source text-to-speech model developed by Collabora.

WhisperSpeech: Exploring new horizons in text-to-speech tech

Bridging IIO and Input in Linux

August 21, 2023 by Eugen Hristev  |   Blog

In Linux, the Industrial Input/Output subsystem manages devices like Analog to Digital Converters, Light sensors, accelerometers, etc. On the other hand, the Input subsystem handles keyboards, mice, touchscreens, and any device that has a human interface.

Bridging IIO and Input in Linux

Pushing testing laboratory performance limits by benchmarking LAVA - Part 1

August 10, 2023 by Paweł Wieczorek  |   Blog

Collabora's main testing laboratory has grown to automate testing on over 150 devices of about 30 different types. The lab receives job submissions from several CI systems, e.g. KernelCI, MesaCI, and Apertis QA.

Pushing testing laboratory performance limits by benchmarking LAVA - Part 1

Moving forward with more hands on deck

March 27, 2023 by Kara Bembridge  |   News & Events

It’s no secret that Tech has faced some setbacks lately, namely on the headcount front. Despite these uncertainties, Collabora has had the privilege of increasing our roster with new teammates.

Moving forward with more hands on deck

Monado accepted for XROS 2023!

March 14, 2023 by Frédéric Plourde  |   News & Events

We're proud to announce that Monado, the free and open source XR platform, has been accepted as a mentoring organization for XROS, the XR Open Source Fellowship Program.

Monado accepted for XROS 2023!

Showcasing the STM32MP1 at Embedded World

March 13, 2023 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

As a recent new member of STMicroelectronics' Partner Program, we're excited to be showcasing the STM32MP1 at Embedded World this week, our first demo featuring the STM32 platform.

Showcasing the STM32MP1 at Embedded World

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

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