GNU Spotlight October 2008

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 10, November 2008:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Perhaps the most notable GNU/FSF release for October 2008 is version 1.3 of the GNU Free Documentation License, which GNU manuals and many others use. has the new license, a FAQ, and other information

Here is the complete list of GNU software releases for October:

  • binutils-2.19
  • bison-2.4
  • clisp-2.47
  • ed-1.1
  • gama-1.9.06
  • gforth-0.7.0
  • global-5.7.3
  • glpk-4.33
  • gnash-0.8.4
  • libcdio-0.81
  • libextractor-0.5.21
  • libidn-1.11
  • libosip2-3.2.0
  • m4-1.4.12
  • maverik-6.2
  • maverik-demos-6.2
  • ncurses-5.7
  • octave-3.0.3
  • pspp-0.6.1
  • smalltalk-3.1
  • swbis-1.1

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 newly-dubbed maintainers Leo Jackson (maverik), Vincent Lefevre (mpfr), and Peter Wainwright (ddd).

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.