GNU Spotlight May 2010

Originally published on the Free Software Foundation's community blog:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry (May 2010)

This month we welcome Ole Tange as the maintainer of the new package GNU parallel, and thank Giuseppe Scrivano (already maintainer of icecat and gcal) for taking on maintenance of GNU wget.

The recent GNU software releases:

  • coreutils-8.5
  • diffutils-3.0
  • freedink-1.08.20100420
  • freeipmi-0.8.5
  • gawk-3.1.8
  • global-5.8.2
  • gnue-appserver-0.5.3
  • gnue-common-0.6.9
  • gnue-forms-0.6.3
  • gnue-navigator-0.1.0
  • gnue-reports-0.2.0
  • gnutrition-0.31
  • gv-3.6.9
  • help2man-1.38.2
  • libtasn1-2.6
  • libunistring-0.9.3
  • mit-scheme-9.0.1
  • parallel-20100424
  • sipwitch-0.8.2
  • smalltalk-3.2
  • ucommon-2.1.3
  • xboard-4.4.3
  • xorriso-0.5.6

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