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syspatch(8) Binary Updates Now for the Latest Release Only

Contributed by rueda on from the shorter but wider dept.

In a message to tech@, Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) wrote:

We intend to only build syspatches for one release in the future.
Errata patches will continue to be generated for 2 releases.

The reasoning is syspatch on 2 architectures for 2 releases requires 4
machines, and therefore twice the handholding.  It seems better to keep
the time available to start doing syspatches for more architectures.

This can be seen with the latest TCB errata, for which there are patches for versions 6.1 and 6.2, but a binary update only for 6.2.

autoconf/clang (No) Fun and Games

Contributed by rueda on from the autoconfusion dept.

Robert Nagy (robert@) wrote in with a fascinating story of hunting down a recent problem with ports:

You might have been noticing the amount of commits to ports regarding autoconf and nested functions and asking yourself… what the hell is this all about?

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EuroBSDcon 2017 Presentations Available

Contributed by rueda on from the showing how it's done dept.

The Events and Papers page of the OpenBSD website has been updated to include links for the recently-concluded EuroBSDcon 2017.

Rather than reproduce the links here, we suggest readers head over to the authoritative source.

Video recordings of individual presentations are not available at the time of writing, but may be found when the multi-session room recordings are up.

Update: Events and Papers now has links to individual videos, and a playlist is available. (Thanks Mevene and espie!)

t2k17 Hackathon report: Ken Westerback on dhclient progress, developer herding

Contributed by Peter N. M. Hansteen on from the puffy names the nets dept.

The next hackathon reports comes from Ken Westerback (krw@), who writes:

Take a university Computer Science department that thinks a room full of OpenBSD hackers is a relaxing change from a room full of students, add spartan residence accommodations to motivate said hackers to maximize time in the hackroom, mix in a local host excited to host the crowd of hackers in his backyard for dinner and you get an exciting, productive hackathon.

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OpenBSD Community Goes Platinum

Contributed by rueda on from the 78 dept.

Kenneth R Westerback (krw@ when wearing his developer hat) wrote in to let us know:

Paypal and bitcoin donations from the OpenBSD community have made the community the OpenBSD Foundation's first Platinum level contributor for 2017!

Monthly Paypal commitments by the community are our most reliable source of funds and thus the most useful for financial planning purposes. We are extremely thankful for the continuing support and hope the community matches their 2016 achievement of Iridium status.

Sign up now for a small monthly donation!

Faster forwarding

Contributed by nayden on from the ffwd dept.

Hrvoje Popovski directed our attention to a new blog post from mpi@ discussing one improvements in the performance of the networking stack.

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