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Valgrind 3.13.0 for Fedora and CentOS

Valgrind 3.13.0 adds support for larger processes and programs, solidifies and improves support on existing platforms, and provides new heap-use reporting facilities. There are, as ever, many smaller refinements and bug fixes. See the release notes for details. There are binaries for Fedora 26 (beta) for aarch64, armv7hl, i686, ppc64, ppc64le, x86_64. And Copr builds […]

valgrind 3.12.0 and Valgrind@Fosdem

Valgrind 3.12.0 was just released with lots of exciting improvements. See the release notes for all the details. It is already packaged for Fedora 25. Valgrind will also have a developer room at Fosdem on Saturday 4 February 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Please join us, regardless of whether you are a Valgrind core hacker, Valgrind […]

Java is Fair Game!

A jury found that using the declaring lines of code and their structure, sequence, and organization from Java constitutes fair use. Which is a great outcome of a terrible lawsuit Oracle filed some years ago trying to destroy free java. They started by trying to be a patent troll, but when that failed they tried […]

Krita 2016 Fundraiser

We really need more Free Software for desktop users. Please consider backing the Krita 2016 Fundraiser to make text and vector art awesome!

Looking forward to GCC6 – Many new warnings

Like every new GCC release, GCC6 introduces a lot of new useful warnings. My favorite is still -Wmisleading-indentation. But there are many more that have found various bugs. Not all of them are enabled by default, but it makes sense to enable as many as possible when writing new code. Duplicate logic In GCC6 -Wlogical-op […]

Where are your symbols, debuginfo and sources?

A package is more than a binary – make it observable Introduction I gave a presentation at Fosdem 2016 in the distributions developer room. This article is an extended version of the slide presenter notes. You can get the original from the talk page (press ‘h’ for help and ‘p’ to get the presenter view […]

ELF, libelf, compressed sections and elfutils

ELF (Executable and Linkable Format) files are the standard binary format for GNU/Linux and other Unix-like systems. They are used for executables, shared libraries, object and core files. There are two ways the data in an ELF file are described. The Program Headers describe the segments of the file that need to be mapped into […]

Looking forward to GCC6 – nice new warning -Wmisleading-indentation

The GNU Compiler Collection is making some great progress. Playing with the current development version I cannot wait till GCC6 is officially out. The new warnings look beautiful and are more useful because of the range tracking. Just found an embarrassing bug thanks to the new -Wmisleading-indentation libebl/eblobjnote.c: In function ‘ebl_object_note’: libebl/eblobjnote.c:135:5: error: statement is […]

Copyleft makes the (java) world turn around

Glad to see a little bit more copyleft being adopted by Android now that they are using parts of the OpenJDK class library. Even if the GNU Classpath Exception is probably the weakest form of copyleft there is. It is interesting how the GPL makes frenemies like Oracle and Google work together.

Software Freedom Conservancy

I support the Software Freedom Conservancy because they provide a virtual home for Free Software communities. In their own words: Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS […]