GNU Spotlight May 2008

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 5, June 2008: (yeah, seems like issue 4 was skipped!)
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Notable GNU releases for May 2008 include gcc, guile, and libtool. Here's the complete list:

  • autogen-5.9.5
  • cgicc-3.2.6
  • clisp-2.45
  • gcc-4.2.4
  • gnu-ghostscript-8.62.0
  • gnurobots-1.1.0
  • gnutls-2.2.5
  • gtypist-2.8
  • guile-1.8.5
  • libmicrohttpd-0.3.1
  • libtasn1-1.4
  • libtool-2.2.4
  • sipwitch-0.1.2
  • smalltalk-3.0.3
  • sourceinstall-2.5rc1
  • ucommon-1.9.2
  • wget-1.11.3
  • zile-2.2.59

See the packages' announcements, web pages ( or the distributions themselves for details. Nearly all are available from, or preferably one of the mirrors:

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Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers. Please see

Finally, I'd like to give a warm welcome to the newly-dubbed GNU maintainers this month: Paul Goins (gtypist) and Markus Steinborn (gv).

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