GNU Spotlight August 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 17, August 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Updated GNU packages for this month:

  • autoconf-2.64
  • ballandpaddle-0.8.1
  • ccscript-4.1.1
  • cflow-1.3
  • clisp-2.48
  • ddrescue-1.11
  • dfarc-3.2.3
  • ed-1.4
  • emacs-23.1
  • fdisk-1.2.3
  • freeipmi-0.7.11
  • gawk-3.1.7
  • gcc-4.3.4
  • gcc-4.4.1
  • glpk-4.39
  • gnun-0.3.1
  • gnuradio-3.2.2
  • icecat-3.5.2
  • kawa-1.9.90
  • libsigsegv-2.7
  • libtasn1-2.3
  • moe-1.2
  • nano-2.1.10
  • octave-3.2.2
  • parted-1.9.0
  • reftex-4.34
  • solfege-3.14.7
  • swbis-1.4
  • ucommon-2.0.6
  • zile-2.3.9

I'd like to specially note the new release of GNU Emacs. See for downloads and documentation.

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I'd like to give a warm welcome to Pavan Gorakavi, newly-dubbed maintainer of gnuprologjava, and to Robert Millan and Pavel Roskin for volunteering to be new co-maintainers of GNU grub. Also, thanks to Jim Meyering, already maintainer of GNU coreutils and many other packages, for joining in on GNU parted.

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.