Contributed by tbert on from the cry-packet-and-let-slip-the-dogs-of-war dept.
I set off for Marrakech planning to look at updating DB in ports and taking care of changes needed in ports for a UVM diff for mpi@, but ended up getting swept away by the wave of destruction in ports from removal of the dangerous RAND_egd API in libssl, removal of Heimdal Kerberos from the base OS and (to a lesser extent) the final removal of altq, so frequent port builds and mopping up were the order of the day, and other projects were put on the back-burner.
Additionally I helped with tracking down some network problems - during the hackathon we saw some heavy (90%+) packet loss to an important part of OpenBSD's infrastructure, testing from various points traced this to the radio link we rely on for the bulk of our connectivity in Canada, so we were forced back to the 5Mb leased line plus tunnels over consumer broadband that serve as alternative paths. (We'd love to improve this and are looking for a way to provide a point-to-point fibre to a data centre in Calgary; if anyone is in a position to help fund improved connectivity on a recurring basis, please do get in touch).
Of course it was great to get back together with other developers in person, making conversations possible that just wouldn't happen over the net, and it was nice to have a location in a country where the value of good tea is appreciated :-) Big thanks to those who have donated to the OpenBSD foundation, to those helping with arrangements (especially new developer logan@), and to our hosts at Université Cadi Ayyad for their gracious hospitality, without whom this would not have been possible.
Thanks for the report, Stuart! And for any readers who want to donate, the options are outlined on the Direct Donations page.
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