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Jason Ekstrand Joins Collabora

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  • Jason Ekstrand: Hello, Collabora!

    Ever since I announced that I was leaving Intel, there’s been a lot of speculation as to where I’d end up. I left it a bit quiet over the holidays but, now that we’re solidly in 2022, It’s time to let it spill. As of January 24, I’ll be at Collabora!

    For those of you that don’t know, Collabora is an open-source consultancy. They sell engineering services to companies who are making devices that run Linux and want to contribute to open-source technologies. They’ve worked on everything from automotive to gaming consoles to smart TVs to infotainment systems to VR platforms. I’m not an expert on what Collabora has done over the years so I’ll refer you to their brag sheet for that. Unlike some contract houses, Collabora doesn’t just do engineering for hire. They’re also an ideologically driven company that really believes in upstream and invests directly in upstream projects such as Mesa, Wayland, and others.

    My personal history with Collabora is as old as my history as an open-source software developer. My first real upstream work was on Wayland in early 2013. I jumped in with a cunning plan for running a graphics-enabled desktop Linux chroot on an Android device and absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Two of the people who not only helped me understand the underbelly of Linux window systems but also helped me learn to navigate the world of open-source software were Daniel Stone and Pekka Paalanen, both of whom were at Collabora then and still are today.

  • Collabora pulls in Jason Ekstrand to work on Linux graphics drivers | GamingOnLinux

    Jason Ekstrand, a name that many big Linux fans will know, who previously worked at Intel until very recently has announced today the move to open source consulting firm Collabora. Writing in a blog post, Ekstrand goes through some fun background on the decision to move and how it happened.

    Ekstrand has worked on a lot of different parts of Mesa, the set of open source graphics drivers that powers AMD GPUs, Intel, ARM and more.

Intel brain drain

  • Intel's Former Vulkan Driver Lead Dev Lands Great Role For Improving Linux Graphics

    Jason Ekstrand who was the lead developer of Intel's open-source "ANV" Vulkan Linux driver left Intel in December and has now revealed details about his new role.

    Ekstrand's prolific work on the Intel ANV driver over the past number of years has made him one of the top five contributors to Mesa by commit count even with only being involved in the open-source Linux graphics scene since 2013. When he announced he was leaving Intel came as a bit of a surprise, but at least it turns out his new role will be still benefiting the upstream open-source Linux 3D graphics ecosystem.

Announcing Kopper

  • Announcing Kopper – Mike Blumenkrantz – Super. Good. Code.

    The last thing I remember Thursday was trying to get the truth out about Jason Ekstrand’s new role. Days have now passed, and I can’t remember what I was about to say or what I did over the extended weekend.

    But Big Triangle sure has been busy. It’s clear I was on to something, because otherwise they wouldn’t have taken such drastic measures. Look at this: jekstrand is claiming Collabora has hired him. This is clearly part of a larger coverup, and the graphics news media are eating it up.

    Congratulations to him, sure, but it’s obvious this is just another attempt to throw us off the trail. We may never find out what Jason’s real new job is, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop following the hints and clues as they accumulate. Sooner or later, Big Triangle is going to slip up, and then we’ll all know the truth.

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