Please review the draft for March's report

David A. Wheeler dwheeler at
Wed Apr 10 14:02:56 UTC 2024

> On Apr 10, 2024, at 7:42 AM, kpcyrd <kpcyrd at> wrote:
> On 4/10/24 12:58 PM, Chris Lamb wrote:
> > Reproducible builds developer kpcyrd reported that that the Arch Linux "minimal container userland" is now 100% reproducible after work by developers dvzv and Foxboron on the one remaining package. The post, which kpcyrd suffixed with the question "now what?", continues on to outline some potential next steps, including validating whether the container image itself could be reproduced bit-for-bit. The post generated a significant number of replies.
> Thanks for the kind words :) maybe it should be listed higher though, in its own section, as "major accomplishment within the community"?

I agree, this one is HUGE news. There's been a lot of awesome work related to reproducible builds, but "minimal container userland is a 100% reproducible build in a real-world widely-used distro" is a big step forward and should be widely announced. Like press release level.

I routinely hear "reproducible builds are impractical". Yes, in some cases they're hard, but clearly there are cases where it's practical.

--- David A. Wheeler

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