GNU Spotlight December 2012

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

There were 23 new GNU releases this month!

New GNU releases this month as of December 24

  • auctex-11.87
  • gprolog-1.4.2
  • libosip2-4.0.0
  • automake-1.12.6
  • gtypist-2.9.2
  • libtasn1-3.2
  • bison-2.7
  • guile-2.0.7
  • mediagoblin-0.3.2
  • freedink-1.08.20121209
  • help2man-1.40.13
  • parallel-20121222
  • gdb-7.5.1
  • icecat-17.0.1
  • sed-4.2.2
  • global-6.2.7
  • kawa-1.13
  • ucommon-6.0.3
  • gnunet-0.9.5
  • libidn-1.26
  • xnee-3.15
  • gnupg-1.4.13
  • libmatheval-1.1.10

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We welcome Daiki Ueno as the new maintainer of GNU Gettext (and thank Bruno Haible for his long-time development of gettext and many other packages, some still continuing). We also welcome Aleksey Demakov as the maintainer of the new package libjit, now split as a separate package from DotGNU.

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.