GNU Spotlight November 2012

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

There were 22 new GNU releases this month!

New releases this month (as of November 27, 2012):

  • autoconf-archive-2012.11.14
  • gengetopt-2.22.6
  • libzrtpcpp-2.3.2
  • automake-1.12.5
  • global-6.2.5
  • parallel-20121122
  • binutils-2.23.1
  • gnunet-0.9.4
  • pyconfigure-0.1
  • bison-2.6.5
  • gnunet-gtk-0.9.4
  • sipwitch-1.4.0
  • ccrtp-2.0.5
  • gnutls-3.1.5
  • solfege-3.20.7
  • complexity-1.0
  • libmicrohttpd-0.9.23
  • ucommon-6.0.1
  • ed-1.7
  • librejs-4.9.2
  • freeipmi-1.2.3
  • libtasn1-3.1

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I'd like to specially mention the first release of GNU pyconfigure, which provides developers using Python's for their package with ways to support the standard GNU configure && make installation method.

Another special mention for Ludovic Courtes for his new GNU package (system) Guix,, going along with all his work on Guile.

We also welcome Dimitry Bogatov as the new maintainer of GNU Thales, Brian Lane and Phillip Susi as new co-maintainers of GNU parted, Hellekin and Daniel Reusche as new co-maintainers of GNU social, Fabio Gonzalez as the author and maintainer of the new GNU package fcrypt, and Paulo Cesar Pereira de Andrade as the new maintainer of GNU lightning.

A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating 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.