GNU Spotlight March 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 12, March 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here are the recent GNU software releases:

  • bash-4.0
  • bazaar-1.12
  • binutils-2.19.1
  • ccrtp-1.7.1
  • ccscript-4.1.0
  • ccscript3-1.1.7
  • classpath-0.98
  • commoncpp2-1.7.3
  • coreutils-7.1
  • ddd-3.3.12
  • ddrescue-1.10
  • fdisk-1.2.2
  • freeipmi-0.7.6
  • glibc-2.9
  • glibc-libidn-2.9
  • glpk-4.36
  • gnash-0.8.5
  • gnubatch-1.1
  • gnugo-3.8
  • gnuit-4.9.5
  • gnun-0.2
  • gnupg-2.0.11
  • gnuspool-1.4
  • gperf-3.0.4
  • gprolog-1.3.1
  • grep-2.5.4
  • gtypist-2.8.3
  • indent-2.2.10
  • libextractor-0.5.22
  • libgcrypt-1.4.4
  • libidn-1.13
  • libmicrohttpd-0.4.0a
  • libosip2-3.3.0
  • libzrtpcpp-1.4.3
  • lsh-2.0.4
  • moe-1.1
  • mtools-4.0.10
  • nano-2.1.9
  • psychosynth-0.1.2
  • readline-6.0
  • rush-1.6
  • sipwitch-0.5.2
  • solfege-3.12.2
  • tar-1.22
  • zile-2.3.4

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 GNU packages and their maintainers: John Collins (gnubatch), Alain Knauff (mtools), and Bruno Haible (libunistring); as well as to the newly-dubbed (co-)maintainers of existing packages: Sadrul Chowdhury (screen), Vasily Eremenko (dotgnu-forum), Gery Kahn (miscfiles), Andreas Gruenbacher (patch).

I'd like to make a special note of John Collins' two packages recently dubbed GNU -- gnubatch and gnuspool. The former is an advanced batch scheduling system, the latter a print spooler comparable to CUPS but with a variety of different features. Thanks to John for contributing these to GNU and continuing to maintain them.

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.