GNU Spotlight September 2012

Originally published on the Free Software Foundation's community blog:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry (September 2012)

There were 24 new GNU releases this month!

New GNU releases as of September 26, 2012:

  • alive-2.0.1
  • gnutrition-0.32
  • aris-2.0
  • gsrc-2012.09.06
  • autoconf-archive-2012.09.08
  • less-451
  • automake-1.12.4
  • libextractor-1.0.0
  • ccide-0.6.6
  • libmatheval-1.1.9
  • denemo-0.9.6
  • libmicrohttpd-0.9.22
  • enscript-1.6.6
  • libtasn1-2.14
  • gama-1.13
  • lilypond-2.16.0
  • gcc-4.7.2
  • mpc-1.0.1
  • gnu-ghostscript-9.05.0
  • octave-3.6.3
  • gnutls-3.0.23
  • patch-2.7
  • gnutls-3.1.1
  • tramp-2.2.6

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I'd like to specially mention the new release of GNU GSRC, providing a simple way to install GNU packages from their original sources, entirely independent of any distro packaging system. Its maintainer, Brandon Invergo, has developed additional and most welcome support for configuring Python-based packages in the standard way for GNU

This month we welcome John Meinel as the new maintainer of GNU Bazaar, aka bzr. We also welcome Gary Vaughan as the new maintainer of GNU Zile, in addition to being co-maintainer of GNU libtool and GNU m4. Many thanks to Reuben Thomas, Zile's original author, for contributing the program (and much else).

Several GNU packages, as well as the GNU system as a whole, 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 the GNU operating system, see

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