Tuesday, 16 January 2018

2018 ... a new start

Hi folks, and Happy New Year !

Everyone already heard about Meltdown and Spectre, the most important is all open source oses are doing their best to provide mitigations while limiting the unavoidable performance hits ; the good side of it that led to some BSD projects to work together (like DragonflyBSD and OpenBSD people) in these problems, sharing concerns and solutions.

In the meantime, in a more personal level, I have been doing few professional contributions, like for Python (the uuid module build fix for *BSD) and possibly the libb2 dependency (improvement proposal). Last December, I got interested into fuzzing through American Flop Fuzz and LLVM lib fuzzer each one having its own interest, but was frustrated the latter did not have FreeBSD support. So I just provided a patchset in the fuzzer itself and the compiler frontends ... This will be available from clang 7.0 ...

Apart of this, as usual various small contributions to php, video games here and there or just simply helping out giving OpenBSD internal patchset upstream. Might be back writing a little bit for BSDMag as well. Otherwise, in a more or less near future, waiting for a special event but at this time very unsure it is going to happen but will keep you posted.

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