GNU Spotlight January 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 11, December/January 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here is the complete list of GNU software releases since the last Supporter installment:

  • anubis-4.1.1
  • autogen-5.9.7
  • automake-1.10.2
  • bash-3.2.48
  • bison-2.4.1
  • ccaudio2-1.0.0
  • ccrtp-1.7.0
  • ccscript-4.0.3
  • commoncpp2-1.7.0
  • ddrescue-1.9
  • fdisk-1.1
  • ferret-0.7
  • freedink-1.08.20090109
  • freefont-ttf-20090104
  • global-5.7.4
  • glpk-4.35
  • gnubik-2.3
  • gnun-0.1
  • gnutls-2.6.3
  • groff-1.20.1
  • gsl-1.12
  • guile-1.8.6
  • hello-2.4
  • icecat-3.0.5-g1
  • inetutils-1.6
  • libjit-0.1.2
  • libmicrohttpd-0.4.0pre1
  • libtasn1-1.7
  • libzrtpcpp-1.4.1
  • mailutils-2.0
  • maverik-6.4
  • moe-1.0
  • radius-1.6.1
  • sipwitch-0.3.8
  • solfege-3.12.0
  • source-highlight-2.11.1
  • sovix-
  • swbis-1.2
  • tar-1.21
  • ucommon-2.0.2
  • zile-2.3.0

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 newly-dubbed (co-)maintainers Andras Pal (pexec), Yavor Doganov (gnun), Ben Elliston (dejagnu), Sergey Poznyakoff (gdbm, rush), Ludovic Courtes (guile), and Christian Brunello (fdisk).

Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance. Please see if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at To submit new packages to GNU, see

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