GNU Spotlight April 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 13, April 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here are the recent GNU software releases:

  • bash-3.2.48
  • coreutils-7.2
  • dico-2.0
  • freeipmi-0.7.7
  • global-5.7.5
  • glpk-4.37
  • gnuspool-1.5
  • gsasl-1.1
  • gv-3.6.7
  • libgsasl-1.1
  • libiconv-1.13
  • libidn-1.14
  • libmicrohttpd-0.4.1
  • m4-1.4.13
  • octave-3.0.5
  • sipwitch-0.5.3
  • solfege-3.14.1
  • zile-2.3.6

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

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I'd like to give a warm welcome to Chris Bryant, redubbed maintainer of vmslib, and Troy Will, the new maintainer of stow.

For this issue of the FSS, I'd like to especially point out GNU gv, a PS/PDF previewer that works as a front end to Ghostscript. It has a long history, starting with Tim Theisen's Ghostview (almost contemporaneous with Ghostscript itself), and continuing under the name gv with much additional work by Johannes Plass. It has been rejuvenated by its new (as of last year) maintainer Markus Steinborn, who has released several updates and continues active work. See for downloads, documentation, and the usual information.

Several GNU packages 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 GNU, see

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