GNU Spotlight September 2009

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 18, September 2009:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

Here are the recent GNU software releases:

  • acct-6.5.1
  • ccscript-4.1.2
  • ccscript3-1.1.7
  • coreutils-7.5
  • freeipmi-0.7.12
  • gengen-1.4
  • gsl-1.13
  • libsigsegv-2.7
  • libunistring-
  • moe-1.3
  • mtools-4.0.11
  • reftex-4.34
  • sipwitch-0.5.7
  • vc-dwim-1.2
  • xboard-4.4.0
  • zile-2.3.10

I'd like to specially note the first new release of acct (the GNU package for the standard accounting utilities) in many years. Thanks to the new maintainer, Markus Gothe, for reviving this.

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I'd like to give a warm welcome to Prasad Pandit, author of newly-dubbed packaged pem. Also, thanks once again to to Jim Meyering, already maintainer of GNU coreutils and many other packages, nowjoining in on GNU gzip.

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.