Gynvael Coldwind, a famous security researcher, published a contest in his blog post (that is now complete). The goal was similar to the one described here, but with certain restrictions depending on which of the three allowed programming languages was chosen. I found the exercise fun and wanted to extend the challenge to all programming languages allowed.
The goal of this golf is to write a program as short as possible that generates a PNG file which, after converting to bitmap shares the same resolution and pixel color values as the following image (alternate link, SHA256: ab18085a27c560ff03d479c3f32b289fb0a8d8ebb58c3f7081c0b9e1895213b6):
- The program must work offline, i.e. when the language runtime/interpreter is installed, no internet connectivity is installed to build/run the program,
- The program may not rely on any external libraries (only use standard library of your language, as opposed to adding libraries from pip/npm/cargo/maven/whatever repositories),
- The program must complete its operation within 60 seconds on a regular desktop computer (i.e. no brute-forcing the results).