GNU Spotlight September 2008

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 9, October 2008:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Notable GNU releases for September 2008 include updates for Emacs, Autoconf, IceCat, and the continuing active maintenance of the GNU PDF/PostScript previewer GV. The complete list as usual:

  • autoconf-2.63
  • ballandpaddle-0.8.0
  • ccscript-4.0.1
  • dfarc-3.2.1
  • emacs-22.3
  • emms-3.0
  • freedink-1.08.20080920
  • freefont-20080912
  • global-5.7.2
  • glpk-4.32
  • gmp-4.2.4
  • gnujump-1.0.6
  • gnutls-2.6.0
  • gv-3.6.6
  • gvpe-2.21
  • icecat-3.0.3-g1
  • libmicrohttpd-0.4.0pre0
  • libtool-2.2.6a
  • nano-2.0.9
  • swbis-0.993
  • texinfo-4.13a
  • ucommon-2.0.0

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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I'd like to give a warm welcome to the new GNU package psychosynth, written by Juan Pedro Bolivar Puente, and to the other newly-dubbed (co-)maintainers this month: Rocky Bernstein (vcdimager), Michael Olson (emms), Eric Blake (coreutils), Padraig Brady (coreutils), and Ralf Wildenhues (automake).

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers.
Please see if you'd like to help. To submit new packages to GNU, see

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