Having a goal without a plan is essentially just daydreaming. I’ve noticed that discussing one’s resolutions and plans for the new year isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; indeed, it seems to be a rare habit. There are understandable reasons for this reluctance, but that’s not the point. Sharing my aspirations openly brings a sense of structure to my life, especially when things feel uncertain or chaotic.
Running goals and dreams #
This year I finally want to know. An ultra must be finished. My girlfriend and I are training for these races:
- April:_Ultratrail Fränkische Schweiz - Ultratrail 66km | 2760hm
- June: Zugspitzen Ultra Trail - Leutasch Trail - 68Km | 2870hm
- August: Madrisa Trail Klosters (CH) - T54 Trail - 54Km | 4020hm
- September: 50. Berlin Marathon - 42.195 km
The last few years I have trained very well with the Garmin training plans. There is nothing from Garmin for ultras. So we choose a training plan from trainingpeaks.com. The Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival IATF K85 Advanced.
After two weeks, I can already say. This is the biggest challenge for my body and my soul! However, everything can turn out differently but my goal would be to finish 2 out of 3 Ultras.
OpenBSD and Open Source #
This is not easy to predict. What I definitely want to work on:
- Upgrade the Qt5 and Qt6 ecosystem to the latest version. Especially needs more attention.
- Upgrade Qt5 and Qt6 Webengine to the latest version including the KDE patches from upstream.
- I think the current Qt6WebEngine version is broken on OpenBSD now.
- Qt5 and Qt6 Webengine without
USE_NOEXECONLY. This means mandatory enforcement of indirect branch targets (BTI on arm64, IBT on Intel amd64) and xonly support. Read more OpenBSD innovations
x11/qt5/qtwebkit. It’s an very outdated and unsecure web engine. Which is also dead upstream. Other distributor have already got rid of it.
- KDE 6
- At the end of February 2024 KDE will publish Plasma 6, Frameworks 6, and a whole new set of applications in a special edition of KDE Gear. In other words bye bye Qt5 and hello Qt6. I assume that this work will cost me a lot of time. I think not the actual KDE ports updates but the organization in our ports tree with many other legacy dependencies. I’ll write more here when the time comes.
- Qt6 python bindings
- Simply get rid of more legacy OpenBSD ports.
- KDE Plasma Wayland support on OpenBSD
- KWin compositor
- Get more involved in the KDE project and create more visibility for OpenBSD there.
Tech conferences and events #
I plan to attend:
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe
- My company Computacenter is silver supporter. Let’s meet there!
- Open Source Summit - September 16-18 | Vienna, Austria
- ContainerDays Conference 2024
- OSBA / SCS Events
- OpenBSD hackathon - I plan to attend a hackathon this year.
This are on my maybe list, depending on my company:
- Red Hat Summit 2024 - I still like the red hats best in the open source business universe.
- AWS re:Invent 2024 - Awesome event every year. Let’s see if it works this year.
- Azure Conference - I am consulting more and more customers in the Azure area. That’s why I’m going to see if I can visit Microsoft this year.
- Palma de Mallorca for hiking and trail running
- Paris Weekend trip
- United States road trip with family and hiking in Yosemite National Park.
- Weekend trips city trips, hiking and biking.
This list is far too short this year. This is due to the race. I think something will change here.
Certainly the list is not complete, but everything that I would like to share with you all at the moment. Shut up an hack!
BTW: The picture in the blog post is from our trip to Taiwan in 2019. Taipei 101