June 30th 2019

Free software activities in June 2019

Here is my monthly update covering what I have been doing in the free software world during June 2019 (previous month):

Reproducible builds

Whilst anyone can inspect the source code of free software for malicious flaws almost all software is distributed pre-compiled to end users. The motivation behind the Reproducible Builds effort is to ensure no flaws have been introduced during this compilation process by promising identical results are always generated from a given source, thus allowing multiple third-parties to come to a consensus on whether a build was compromised.

The initiative is proud to be a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity focused on ethical technology and user freedom. Conservancy acts as a corporate umbrella, allowing projects to operate as non-profit initiatives without managing their own corporate structure. If you like the work of the Conservancy or the Reproducible Builds project, please consider becoming an official supporter.

This month:

I then spent significant time working on buildinfo.debian.net, my experiment into how to process, store and distribute .buildinfo files after the Debian archive software has processed them. This included:

I also made the following changes to our tooling:

Finally, I spent significant amount of time working on our website this month, including:



Even more hacking on the Lintian static analysis tool for Debian packages, including the following new features:

… and the following bug fixes:

Debian LTS

This month I have worked 17 hours on Debian Long Term Support (LTS) and 12 hours on its sister Extended LTS project.

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