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[$] Turmoil for Drupal

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The Drupal content management system
(CMS) has been an open-source tool of choice for many web site owners for
well over a decade now. Over that time, it has been overseen by its
original developer, Dries Buytaert, who is often referred to as the
benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) for the project. Some recent events
have led a sizable contingent in the Drupal community to question his
leadership, however. A request that a prominent developer leave the Drupal
community, apparently over elements of his private life rather than any
Drupal-related misstep, has led to something of an outcry in that
community—it may well lead to a change in the governance of the project.

[$] Python’s os.urandom() in the absence of entropy

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Python applications, like those written in other languages, often need to
obtain random data for purposes ranging from cryptographic key generation
to initialization of scientific models. For years, the standard way of
getting that data is
via a call to os.urandom(), which is documented to “return a
string of n random bytes suitable for cryptographic use.
” An
enhancement in Python 3.5 caused a subtle change in how
os.urandom() behaves on Linux systems, leading to some long,
heated discussions
about how randomness should be obtained in Python programs. When the dust
settles, Python benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) Guido van Rossum will
have the unenviable task of choosing between two competing proposals.