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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

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

April 26, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

In part 1 and 2 of this series, we took a condensed in-depth look at the eBPF VM. In part 3, we define the high-level components of an eBPF program, including the backend, loader, frontend and data structures.

An eBPF overview, part 3: Walking up the software stack

GStreamer buffer flow analyzer

April 25, 2019 by Guillaume Desmottes  |   Blog

GStreamer's logging system is an incredibly powerful ally when debugging but it can sometimes be a bit daunting to dig through the massive amount of generated logs. I often find myself writing small scripts processing gst logs when debugging.

GStreamer buffer flow analyzer

Weston debugging and tracing on-the-fly

April 24, 2019 by Marius Vlad  |   Blog

The recent release of version 6 of the Weston compositor has brought with it the weston-debug protocol, a new feature that allows developers and users alike to display on-the-fly various debugging (logging) information generated by the compositor.

Weston debugging and tracing on-the-fly

Quick hack: git-pw

April 18, 2019 by Ezequiel Garcia  |   Blog

A well-known Linux kernel developer once said, a poor craftsman famously complains about his tools, but a good craftsman knows how to choose excellent tools. Here's a python-based tool that integrates git and patchwork, and can greatly improve your toolbox.

Quick hack: git-pw

An eBPF overview, part 2: Machine & bytecode

April 15, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

The second part of this series takes a more in-depth look at the eBPF VM and program studied in the first part. Having this low level knowledge is not mandatory but can be a very useful foundation for the rest of the series.

An eBPF overview, part 2: Machine & bytecode

GStreamer support for the RIST Specification

April 09, 2019 by Nicolas Dufresne  |   News & Events

Collabora contributes elements implementing the RIST Simple Profile to GStreamer. This specification adds retransmissions to RTP streams in a way that it compatible with existing broadcast encoders and decoders.

GStreamer support for the RIST Specification

An eBPF overview, part 1: Introduction

April 05, 2019 by Adrian Ratiu  |   Blog

Interested in learning more about low-level specifics of the eBPF stack? Read on as we take a deep dive, from its VM mechanisms and tools, to running traces on remote, resource-constrained embedded devices.

An eBPF overview, part 1: Introduction

Running Android next to Wayland

April 01, 2019 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

It's now possible to run Android applications in the same graphical environment as regular Wayland Linux applications with full 3D acceleration. Here's a look at SPURV, our experimental containerized Android environment.

Running Android next to Wayland

Linaro Connect meets Panfrost

March 29, 2019 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Next week, Collaborans will be in Bangkok, Thailand, to participate in the 25th edition of Linaro Connect, a gathering of the world's leading open source engineers working on Arm. Tomeu Vizoso and Gustavo Padovan will be in attendance to present Panfrost.

Linaro Connect meets Panfrost

Modern USB gadget on Linux & how to integrate it with systemd (Part 2)

March 27, 2019 by Andrzej Pietrasiewicz  |   Blog

In the previous post I introduced you to the subject of USB gadgets implemented as machines running Linux. In this post, we look at how to implement your very own USB function with FunctionFS and how to integrate that with systemd.

Modern USB gadget on Linux & how to integrate it with systemd (Part 2)

Bootstraping a minimal Arch Linux image

March 20, 2019 by André Almeida  |   Blog

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a functional and simple Arch Linux virtual machine image, that can have network access, display graphical windows and share a folder with the host.

Bootstraping a minimal Arch Linux image

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

NVMe: Officially faster for emulated controllers!

June 13, 2017 by Helen Koike  |   Blog

The feature to improve NVMe performance over emulated environments has now been officially released in the NVMe Specification Revision 1.3 under the name "Doorbell Buffer Config command", along with an implementation in the mainline Linux kernel!

NVMe: Officially faster for emulated controllers!

Android: NXP i.MX6 Buffer Modifier Support

June 05, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

GPUs like Intel and Vivante support storing contents of graphical buffers in different formats. Support for describing these formats using modifiers has now been added to Android and Mesa, enabling tiling artifact free running of Android on the iMX6 platform.

Android: NXP i.MX6 Buffer Modifier Support

Collabora contributions to GStreamer 1.12

May 04, 2017 by Olivier Crête  |   Blog

Along with the usual load of memory leaks, crashes and other bugs, Collabora's multimedia team once again contributed a number of improvements across a wide number of areas.

Collabora contributions to GStreamer 1.12

Android: Getting up and running on the iMX6

April 27, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Getting Android up and running on the iMX6 platform using an open source graphics stack has been impossible up until recently, but now you can. Here's a guide through the steps.

Android: Getting up and running on the iMX6

Receiving an AES67 stream with GStreamer

April 25, 2017 by Olivier Crête  |   Blog

With GStreamer you can easily receive a AES67 stream, the standard which allows inter-operability between different IP based audio networking systems and transfers of live audio between profesionnal grade systems.

Receiving an AES67 stream with GStreamer

Quick hack: Changing the Android boot animation

April 21, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

If you're looking to change the Android boot animation to something other than the stock one, here's a hands-on guide to help you to do it.

Quick hack: Changing the Android boot animation

GStreamer 1.12: Intel Media SDK support and more

April 19, 2017 by Olivier Crête  |   Blog

With GStreamer 1.12's first release candidate out for testing and the final release expected soon, here's a brief preview of some of the (many) new features, bugfixes and improvements that will be arriving with this release.

GStreamer 1.12: Intel Media SDK support and more

Tracing user space and OS interactions

April 10, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Like the bug that no one can solve, many issues occur on the interface between the user application and the operating system. But even in the good Open Source world, understanding what is happening at these interfaces is not always easy.

Tracing user space and OS interactions

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

April 05, 2017 by Daniel Stone  |   Blog

Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS.

Ubuntu rejoins the GNOME fold

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

March 29, 2017 by Robert Foss  |   Blog

Android uses the HWC API to communicate with graphics hardware. This API is not supported on the mainline Linux graphics stack, but by using drm_hwcomposer as a shim it now is.

Android: Enabling mainline graphics

Linux block I/O tracing

March 28, 2017 by Gabriel Krisman Bertazi  |   Blog

Like starting a car with the hood open, sometimes you need to run your program with certain analysis tools attached to get a full sense of what is going wrong – or right.

Linux block I/O tracing

foss-north

April 20, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

This weekend, we're headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, to meet the Nordic FOSS community at foss-north, a free / open source conference covering both software and hardware from the technical perspective!

foss-north

Open Source at NAB

April 06, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas? Make sure to stop by Collabora's booth, #N2908VR in the North Hall, and get a firsthand look at the latest in Open Source software integration!

Open Source at NAB

Welcoming 9 new Collaborans!

April 03, 2018 by Jassie Badion  |   News & Events

Meet the newest members of our ever-growing engineering and administrative teams! Welcome Arnaud, Omar, Correntin, Lakshmipathi, Rebecca, Ezequiel, Ritesh, Ana and Zeeshan!

Welcoming 9 new Collaborans!

Linux Kernel 4.16

April 02, 2018 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News & Events

Linux Kernel 4.16 was released over the weekend, and with it came 33 patches contributed by 8 different Collabora developers, including the addition of usb3 and extcon support for Rockchip RK3399 devices, and display support for the Nokia N9.

Linux Kernel 4.16

Collabora & GStreamer 1.14

March 22, 2018 by Olivier Crête  |   News & Events

After a particularly long cycle of over 10 months, GStreamer accumulated many improvements that are now available in the 1.14 release. Here's a look at some of the contributions from Collabora's engineers that we're particularly proud of.

Collabora & GStreamer 1.14

FOSSASIA Summit 2018

March 22, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

After a great time in Portland last week for ELC, Collaborans have arrived in Singapore for the 2018 edition of FOSSASIA Summit, the premier Open Technology event in Asia for developers, contributors, start-ups, and technology companies.

FOSSASIA Summit 2018

Embedded Linux Conference 2018

March 09, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

It's that time of the year again! The snow has melted, spring is right around the corner and the annual Embedded Linux Conference begins next week in Portland! If you are planning on attending, come say hello or catch one of our three presentations!

Embedded Linux Conference 2018

Embedded World 2018

February 26, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

This week, we're in Nuremberg, Germany to take part in this year's edition of Embedded World, the leading international fair for embedded systems! Come say hello, booth 4-170!

Embedded World 2018

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.15

January 29, 2018 by Gustavo Padovan  |   News & Events

Linux Kernel 4.15 was released yesterday, and it once again contained patches contributed by Collabora, including bigger patchsets like V4L2 Explicit Synchronization and UTF-8 case insensitive lookups for EXT4.

Collabora & Linux Kernel 4.15

FOSDEM: Two days, a dozen talks!

January 26, 2018 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

Brussels, here we come! We're thrilled to be sponsoring this year's edition of FOSDEM, taking place in just over a week's time (February 3 & 4), at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Come say hello, or catch one of a dozen talks given by Collaborans!

FOSDEM: Two days, a dozen talks!

Outreachy - Round 15

December 19, 2017 by Mark Filion  |   News & Events

For a second time this year, Collabora is proud to be sponsoring the latest round (Round 15) of Outreachy internships! More specifically, Collabora has chosen to sponsor the Linux kernel projects for the December 2017 - March 2018 semester.

Outreachy - Round 15

12 reasons to join Collabora

December 14, 2017 by Jassie Badion  |   News & Events

With less than 12 days to go before Christmas, here are 12 reasons, from 12 different people who became Collaborans this year, on why you should consider joining our team!

12 reasons to join Collabora

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