GNU Spotlight May 2013

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

19 new GNU releases this month (as of May 28, 2013):

  • autogen-5.17.4
  • gmp-5.1.2
  • rcs-5.9.0
  • automake-1.13.2
  • gnubatch-1.8
  • solfege-3.22.0
  • dap-3.8
  • gnupg-2.0.20
  • ucommon-6.0.5
  • denemo-1.0.2
  • help2man-1.42.1
  • xboard-4.7.1
  • freeipmi-1.2.7
  • libmicrohttpd-0.9.27
  • xorriso-1.3.0
  • gawk-4.1.0
  • nettle-2.7.1
  • glpk-4.50
  • parallel-20130522

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Last month I erroneously gave Jeffrin Jose as the author of the new GNU package guile-sdl. Its author is actually Thien-Thi Nguyen, who also maintains GNU RCS and GNU Alive. Sorry, Thien-Thi! However, I can now welcome Jeffrin as the new maintainer of GNU Gleem, so no one is left out :). I'd also like to welcome Michael Petch as a new co-maintainer of gnubg (GNU Backgammon).

I'd also like to mention the GNU Hackers Meeting for 2013, scheduled to take place from August 22 to August 25 in Paris, France. More information at

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.