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Sourceware Infrastructure / Conservancy / GNU Toolchain at Cauldron

Cauldron was fun, heard so many interesting talks, met so many fun people, had great conversations. I also had a BoF about all the great infrastructure work we have been adding to Sourceware over that last year and had wanted to discuss how the different project hosted on Sourceware wanted to use it to improve […]

Sourceware as Conservancy member project

Last month the Sourceware overseers started a discussion with the projects hosted on Sourceware and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) to become a Conservancy member project (which means Conservancy would become the fiscal sponsor of Sourceware). After many positive responses the SFC’s Evaluations Committee has voted to accept Sourceware.

Happy birthday, Valgrind!

Make sure to read Nicholas Nethercote’s Twenty years of Valgrind to learn about the early days, Valgrind “skins”, the influence Valgrind had on raising the bar when it comes to correctness for C and C++ programs, and why a hacker on the Rust programming language still uses Valgrind.

Sourceware – GNU Toolchain Infrastructure roadmap

Making email/git based workflow more fun, secure and productive by automating contribution tracking and testing across different distros and architectures. What is Sourceware? Sourceware,, is community run infrastructure, mailinglists, git, bug trackers, wikis, etc. hosted in the Red Hat Open Source Community Infrastructure Community Cage together with servers from e.g. Ceph, CentOS, Fedora and […]

Valgrind 3.18.1

We are pleased to announce a new release of Valgrind, version 3.18.1, available from 3.18.1 fixes a number of bugs and adds support for glibc-2.34, and for new platforms x86/FreeBSD and amd64/FreeBSD.  Debuginfo reading is faster, and Rust demangling has been improved. For PPC64, ISA 3.1 support has been completed, and some newer ARM64 […]

Valgrind Memcheck: Different ways to lose your memory

The Red Hat Developer blog posted an article I wrote. Valgrind Memcheck: Different ways to lose your memory. It explains the different kinds of memory leaks (definitely, reachable, possibly and indirectly). Why which kinds are reported and/or marked as errors by default or not. How to generate suppressions. And how to run things in a […]

FSF Associate Membership

To the FSF leadership, Last year I wrote you the following: My membership name is mark and I am FSF associate member #6. I am currently contributing $10 + $32, for a total of $42 dollars a month. Besides membership fees of more than $500, I also donated $2000 last year to the FSF because […]

GNU Social Contract version 1.0

Andreas Enge announced the GNU Social Contract version 1.0: Hello all, just a public heads-up on progress on the GNU Social Contract. Following our initially announced timeline, we had put online the first draft at the end of January. The goal of the document is to formulate a common core set of values for the […]

A mission statement and social contract for GNU

2019 was a difficult year for the Free Software Community with lots of questions about the future of GNU. It is hard to come up with good answers unless you know which shared principles you all value. After a very long discussion we finally have a first GNU Social Contract DRAFT and a new public […]

Proposals for the new GNU/FSF relationship

To: fsf-and-gnu@fsf.orgCC: As volunteers for the GNU Project we are happy that the FSF provides GNU with services like fiscal sponsorship, technical infrastructure, promotion, copyright assignment, and volunteer management. And we note that the FSF is looking for feedback on this relationship going forward: FSF and GNU: To that end we have held […]