GNU Spotlight October 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 19, October 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here are the recent GNU software releases:

  • coreutils-7.6
  • dfarc-3.4
  • freedink-1.08.20090918
  • freeipmi-0.7.13
  • gengen-1.4.1
  • gengetopt-2.22.3
  • global-5.7.6
  • gnash-0.8.6
  • gnutls-2.8.4
  • gxmessage-2.12.4
  • gzip-1.3.13
  • icecat-3.5.3
  • ignuit-0.0.15
  • mailutils-2.1
  • octave-3.2.3
  • pem-0.7.8
  • pexec-1.0rc8
  • plotutils-2.6
  • solfege-3.14.8
  • source-highlight-3.1.1
  • wget-1.12
  • zile-2.3.12

I'd like to specially note the first new release of gzip (the longstanding GNU compression package) in many years. Thanks to the new co-maintainer, Jim Meyering, for reviving this. And thanks also to Jim for actively maintaining GNU coreutils and other fundamental GNU packages for many years.

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This month we welcome Jean-Michel Sellier's new package dionysus, intended to provide access to scientific constants. Jean-Michel also maintains the GNU packages archimedes and aeneas for submicron semiconductor design.

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.