GNU Spotlight June 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 15, June 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Updated GNU packages for this month:

  • autogen-5.9.8
  • automake-1.11
  • coreutils-7.4
  • ed-1.3
  • freeipmi-0.7.9
  • glibc-2.10.1
  • gmp-4.3.1
  • gnun-0.3
  • gnuradio-3.2
  • libmicrohttpd-0.4.2
  • libtasn1-2.2
  • ocrad-0.18
  • octave-3.2.0
  • pycdio-0.15
  • source-highlight-3.0.1
  • xnee-3.03

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I'd like to give a warm welcome to Arun Persaud, newly-dubbed co-maintainer of xboard. Also, thanks to Simon Josefsson, already maintainer of many GNU packages, for the new GNU package libtasn1.

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.