GNU Spotlight March 2008

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 2, April 2008:
GNU: Spotlight with Karl Berry

GNU is participating in Google's Summer of Code program again this year -- all applications are in, and we look forward to sharing with you who our mentors and mentees will be next month.

The notable new GNU releases for March 2008 include GCC and Emacs. See the packages' announcements, web pages ( or the distributions themselves for details. Nearly all are available from, or preferably one of the mirrors:

  • classpath-0.97.1
  • emacs-22.2
  • findutils-4.4.0
  • freefont-20080323
  • gcc-4.3.0
  • gdb-6.8
  • global-5.7
  • glpk-4.27
  • gnash-0.8.2
  • gnuradio-3.1.2
  • icecat-
  • libcdio-0.80
  • libextractor-0.5.20
  • libidn-1.6
  • libmatheval-1.1.7
  • libtool-2.2.tar
  • rpge-0.0.1
  • smalltalk-3.0.2
  • solfege-3.10.3
  • wget-1.11.1

For example, PKGNAME=classpath would be:

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The GNU gnutrition (nutrition-related functionality), and mifluz (inverted text index) packages are now looking for maintainers. See each package web page at for details.

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