Working at Collabora
In the Fuse Open post, I mentioned that I would no longer be working at Fuse. I didn’t mention what I was going to do next, and now that it’s been a while I guess it’s time to let the cat out of the bag: I’ve started working at Collabora.
I’ve been working here for 1.5 months now, and I’m really enjoying it so far! I get to work on things I really enjoy, and I get a lot of freedom!
What is Collabora
Collabora is an Open Source consultancy, specializing in a few industries. Most of what Collabora does is centered around things like Linux, automotive, embedded systems, and multimedia. You can read more about Collabora here.
The word “consultant” brings out quite a lot of stereotypes in my mind. Luckily, we’re not that kind of consultants. I haven’t worn a tie a single day at work yet!
When I got approached by Collabora, I was immediately attracted by the prospect of working more or less exclusively on Open Source Software. Collabora has “Open First” as their motto, and this fits my ideology very well! And trust me, Collabora really means it!
What will I be doing?
I’m hired as a Principal Engineer on the Graphics team. This obviously means I’ll be working on graphics technology.
So far, I’ve been working a bit on some R&D tasks about Vulkan, but mostly on Virgil 3D (“VirGL”). If you don’t know what VirGL is, the very short explanation is that it’s GPU virtualization for virtual machines. I’ve been working on adding/fixing support for OpenGL 4.3 as well as OpenGL ES 3.1. The work isn’t complete but it’s getting close, and patches are being upstreamed as I write this.
I’m also working on Mesa. Currently mostly through Virgil, probably through other projects in the future as well. Apart from that, things depend heavily on customer needs.
A big change from my previous jobs, is that I now work from home Instead of a shared office with my coworkers. This is because Collabora doesn’t have an Oslo office, as it’s largely a distributed team.
I’ve been doing this for around 1.5 months already, and it works a lot better than I feared. In fact, this was one of my biggest worries with taking this job, but so far it hasn’t been a problem at all!
But who knows, maybe all work and no play will make Jack a dull boy in the end?
Jokes aside, if this turns out to be a problem in the long term, I’ll look into getting a desk at some co-working space. There’s tons of them nearby.
Working as a Contractor
Another effect of Collabora not having an Oslo office means that I have to formally work as a contractor. This is mostly a formality (Collabora seems to treat people the same regardless if they are normal employees or contractors), but there’s quite a lot of legal challenges on my end due to this.
I would definitely have preferred normal employment, but I guess I don’t get to choose all the details ;)
So, this is what I’m doing now. I’m happy with my choice and I have a lot of really great colleagues! I also get to work with a huge community, and as part of that I’ll be going to more conferences going forward (next up: XDC)!