Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Boston Linux Meeting Reminder, tomorrow Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Reproducible Builds for a Better Future

When: November 16, 2016 7PM (6:30PM for Q&A)
Topic: Reproducible Builds for a Better Future
Moderator: Valerie R. Young
Location: MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Debian's Reproducible Builds project

Many free software projects (Tor, Debian, Fedora and more) have
dedicated a great deal of time and effort toward the reproducible builds
goal: anyone can download the source code and generate identical
binaries. This technical goal has a massive impact on delivering free
software's promised freedoms. Our vision:

Anyone can verify that the binary program they are running came from the
source code they separately downloaded.
Anyone can reliably modify their software without fear it will not build
on their system.

This talk will begin with the story of the Tor browser bundle becoming
entirely reproducible. You will learn how the technical success of Tor
inspired the Debian project's ongoing efforts, resulting in an 85%
reproducible operating system so far, and other parallel efforts. After
laying down this technical and historical background, the talk will
focus on concrete ways that achieving reproducible builds will change
our relationship with software in the future.

The intended audience is anyone who cares about free software, no matter
your technical experience.

For further information and directions please consult the BLU Web site
Please note that there is usually plenty of free parking in the E-51
parking lot at 2 Amherst St, or directly on Amherst St.

Note that the Hayward St parking lot is under construction and some of
the overflow is affecting the MIT-E51 lot. There is a second lot on
Hayward St that may be available if you are unable tro park in E51.

After the meeting we will adjourn to the official after meeting meeting
location at The Cambridge Brewing Company
Jerry Feldman <gaf@blu.org>
Boston Linux and Unix
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