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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

A Pixel's Color & new documentation repository

January 25, 2022 by Pekka Paalanen  |   Blog

My work on Wayland and Weston color management and HDR support has been full of learning new concepts and terms. Many of them are crucial for understanding how color works, and what the values in a pixel actually mean.

A Pixel's Color & new documentation repository

Kernel 5.16: A new release for a new year

January 20, 2022 by André Almeida  |   News & Events

With kernel 5.16, the community has once again produced a release full of great features, including two projects that had been in development for some time by our kernel team: the new futex syscall and the new fanotify event.

Kernel 5.16: A new release for a new year

First up in 2022: linux.conf.au!

January 11, 2022 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

The new year has only just begun, and already our first conference of 2022 is on the horizon. Join us at linux.conf.au, as we discuss bringing WebM Alpha support to GStreamer, and provide a status update on the futex2 syscall.

First up in 2022: linux.conf.au!

Wine on Wayland year-end update: improved functionality & stability

December 22, 2021 by Alexandros Frantzis  |   Blog

It has been just over a year since we first announced our effort to implement a Wayland driver for Wine. Here's a recap of what has been done since then to improve both the functionality and stability of the driver.

Wine on Wayland year-end update: improved functionality & stability

A growth year for upstream kernel contributions

December 22, 2021 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News & Events

With over 350 patches authored and nearly 200 reviewed and tested in multiple subsystems, 2021 was a great year for Linux kernel development at Collabora. Here is a look at some of our achievements during the year.

A growth year for upstream kernel contributions

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

December 20, 2021 by Christoph Haag  |   News & Events

The Linux desktop in VR goes headless! Introducing wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop based on wlroots, with minimal dependencies.

Meet wxrd, a standalone Wayland compositor for xrdesktop

Open Source in Japan, virtually

December 08, 2021 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A year of online conferences that began with linux.conf.au will end on a high note next week as Collaborans present three talks at Open Source Summit Japan + Automotive Linux Summit 2021. Join us!

Open Source in Japan, virtually

Venus on QEMU: Enabling the new virtual Vulkan driver

November 26, 2021 by Antonio Caggiano  |   Blog

A step-by-step guide on how to enable 3D acceleration of Vulkan applications in QEMU through the new Venus experimental Vulkan driver for VirtIO-GPU with a local development environment.

Venus on QEMU: Enabling the new virtual Vulkan driver

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

November 10, 2021 by Sebastian Reichel  |   News & Events

It might be smaller than the last few kernels, but with well above 10,000 non-merge changes, the latest Linux kernel release still packs a punch. Released on October 31, kernel 5.15 brings lots of exciting new features.

Kernel 5.15: A small but mighty Halloween release

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

November 02, 2021 by George Kiagiadakis  |   News & Events

Today marks a very exciting day as Fedora 35 has now been released, and with it comes WirePlumber as the default session manager for PipeWire! Under development by Collabora since 2019, WirePlumber has now entered the linux desktop space.

WirePlumber in Fedora 35

Open source machine learning for video compression

September 14, 2022 by Marcus Edel  |   Blog

Using open source software, Collabora has developed an efficient compression pipeline that enables a face video broadcasting system that achieves the same visual quality as the H.264 standard while only using one-tenth of the bandwidth.

Open source machine learning for video compression

Improving Vulkan graphics state tracking in Mesa

September 07, 2022 by Jason Ekstrand  |   Blog

Introducing new common code for Mesa Vulkan drivers to support a new Vulkan extension, making it easier for app and game authors to manage Vulkan state - and easier for our drivers too.

Improving Vulkan graphics state tracking in Mesa

Using a Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth speaker with PipeWire

September 02, 2022 by Frederic Danis  |   Blog

Using PipeWire, WirePlumber and a Raspberry Pi, you can create an audio bridge between a Bluetooth® device and an analog speaker system, breathing new life into your old speakers.

Using a Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth speaker with PipeWire

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

July 07, 2022 by Gert Wollny  |   Blog

Adventures in NIR-land: the past, the present, and what's lies ahead for the native NIR back-end for Mesa's R600 driver.

Introducing the r600/NIR back-end

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

June 15, 2022 by Manas Chaudhary  |   Blog

Getting PanVk, an open source driver for Arm Mali Midgard and Bifrost GPUs, closer to conformancy by implementing one of the core Vulkan features: support for secondary command buffers.

Adding secondary command buffers to PanVk

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

June 09, 2022 by Jason Ekstrand  |   Blog

After fighting with the divide between implicit and explicit synchronization with Vulkan on Linux for over seven years, we may finally have some closure. We're not to synchronization nirvana quite yet, but this is an important step along the way.

Bridging the synchronization gap on Linux

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

May 31, 2022 by Moses Turner  |   Blog

Optical hand tracking for XR has a bit of a reputation - getting training data, training neural nets, and deploying them in real-time, low-latency environments such as XR is every bit as hard as they say it is.

Monado's hand tracking: hand-waving our way towards a first attempt

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

April 05, 2022 by Mateo de Mayo  |   Blog

Monado now has initial support for 6DoF ("inside-out") tracking for devices with cameras and an IMU! Three free and open source SLAM/VIO solutions were integrated and adapted to work on XR: Kimera-VIO, ORB-SLAM3, and Basalt.

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

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

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

March 23, 2022 by Jason 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

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!

Monado: Multi-application support with XR_EXTX_overlay

June 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

The recent improvements in Monado like out of process compositing and multi-layer rendering released with v0.2 prepared the requirements to implement OpenXR's XR_EXTX_overlay extension.

Monado: Multi-application support with XR_EXTX_overlay

Embedded Linux & Open Source take the virtual stage

June 18, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Collabora will be presenting on five separate occasions during the virtual editions of Embedded Linux Conference North America and Open Source Summit North America, taking place later this month.

Embedded Linux & Open Source take the virtual stage

Kernel 5.7: Forging ahead, despite COVID-19

June 04, 2020 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   News & Events

This latest release is the first to contain development work accomplished amid the lockdown measures. Despite these significant changes, Collaborans have also been steadfast in their contributions, with multiple projects progressing.

Kernel 5.7: Forging ahead, despite COVID-19

Google Summer of Code 2020

June 01, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Coding hss begun for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) projects, announced earlier last month. The 2020 edition selected 1,199 students from 66 countries, to work with 199 mentoring organizations over the course of the summer.

Google Summer of Code 2020

Monado OpenXR runtime development gaining momentum: version 0.2, multi-layer support & more!

May 29, 2020 by Jakob Bornecrantz  |   News & Events

With the excellent (online) edition of Augmented World Expo 2020 in full swing this week, what better time to announce version 0.2 of the Monado OpenXR runtime for Linux. It's been a very busy three months since the last Monado developer update!

Monado OpenXR runtime development gaining momentum: version 0.2, multi-layer support & more!

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

May 18, 2020 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

A few weeks ago, Ryan Pavlik presented "Unifying Reality: Building Experiences with OpenXR", a master class on OpenXR, the open standard API for building VR and AR experiences that work across devices, now and into the future.

Laval Virtual: OpenXR master class in VR!

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

May 08, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

Sponsored by Valve, this latest release of the Open Source project which enables interaction with traditional desktop environments, such as GNOME and KDE, in VR, brings the largest amount of changes yet, with many new features and architectural improvements.

xrdesktop 0.14 with OpenXR support is here!

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

April 30, 2020 by Lubosz Sarnecki  |   News & Events

A new monado-service binary and out of process compositor has landed in Monado, the fully Open Source OpenXR runtime for Linux! Here's a demo of the compositor's new abilities running with the new Blender OpenXR VR Session.

Service process and out of process compositing in Monado

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