November 30th 2019

Free software activities in November 2019

Software Freedom Conservancy, the fiscal sponsor for the Reproducible Builds project, have announced their fundraising season with a huge pledge to match donations. If you have been considering joining as a supporter, now would be the time to do so.

Here is my monthly update covering what I have been doing in the free software world during November 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.

Conservancy's fundraising season has begin in earnest with a huge pledge to match donations from a number of illustrious individuals. If you have ever considered joining as a supporter, now would be the time to do so.

This month, I:

I also made the following changes to diffoscope, our in-depth and content-aware diff utility that can locate and diagnose reproducibility issues:



I also sponsored an upload of adminer (4.7.5-1) of behalf of Alexandre Rossi.

Debian bugs filed

Debian LTS

This month I have worked 18 hours on Debian Long Term Support (LTS) and 12 hours on its sister Extended LTS project.

You can find out more about the project via the following video:

FTP Team

As a Debian FTP assistant I ACCEPTed 21 packages: golang-github-boj-redistore, golang-github-dchest-uniuri, golang-github-jackc-fake, golang-github-joyent-gocommon, golang-github-mattetti-filebuffer, golang-github-nrdcg-goinwx, golang-github-pearkes-dnsimple, golang-github-soniah-dnsmadeeasy, golang-github-vultr-govultr, golang-github-zorkian-go-datadog-api, meep, meep-mpi-default, meep-openmpi, node-eslint-plugin-requirejs, node-i18next, node-node-sass, node-re2, ocplib-endian, python-asynctest, python-janus & python-matrix-nio.

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