The FreeBSD project has posted a new Quarterly Status Report which summarizes the progress and on-going tasks of the various FreeBSD teams. The latest Quarterly Report offers insight into the project's progress on ARM boards, updates to the WINE ports, efforts to make the LLVM linker (LLD) the default linker on FreeBSD and updates to the GNU Compiler Collection. The report also talks about efforts to make builds of FreeBSD reproducible: "Reproducible builds are a set of software development practices which create a verifiable path from human readable source code to the binary code used by computers. A build is reproducible if given the same source code, build environment and build instructions, any party can recreate bit-for-bit identical copies of all specified artifacts. Baptiste Daroussin and Ed Maste attended the second Reproducible Builds Summit last December, in Berin. We discussed issues of common interest to operating system providers, including other BSDs and Linux distributions. Following the summit, changes were committed to the FreeBSD base system to address outstanding sources of non-reproducibility. It is now possible to build the FreeBSD base system (kernel and userland) completely reproducibly, although it currently requires a few non-default settings. Approximately 80% of the ports tree builds reproducibly, with a few work-in-progress patches. Now that the base system can be built reproducibly, focus will move on to the ports tree." The Quarterly Status Report has further details.
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