GNU Spotlight July 2008

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 7, August 2008:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Notable GNU releases for July 2008 include icecat, the GNU web browser based on Firefox 3; it includes privacy features and other fixes, as well as completely supporting free software. Precompiled binaries for GNU/Linux are available. See

The complete list:

  • GNUnet-0.8.0a
  • aeneas-1.2
  • archimedes-0.8.0
  • aspell6-mn-0.06-2
  • aspell6-pt_BR-20080707-0
  • cgicc-3.2.7
  • clisp-2.46
  • gnunet-gtk-0.8.0a
  • gnusound-0.7.5
  • guile-clutter-0.8.0
  • icecat-3.0.1-g1
  • libextractor-0.5.20c
  • libsrcinst-2.5
  • mifluz-0.24.0
  • plotutils-2.5.1
  • shtool-2.0.8
  • sipwitch-0.2.6
  • source-highlight-2.10
  • sourceinstall-2.5
  • sovix-
  • tramp-2.1.14
  • ucommon-1.9.5
  • zile-2.2.60

See the packages' announcements, web pages ( or the distributions themselves for details. Nearly all are available from, or preferably one of its mirrors:

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Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers.
Please see

Finally, I'd like to give a warm thanks to the other newly-dubbed GNU maintainers this month: Giuseppe Scrivano (myserver), Micah Cowan (teseq and screen), and Sergey Poznyakoff (dico). They all already maintain other GNU packages, so double thanks.

Please feel free to write to me,, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.