GNU Spotlight February 2011

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 35, February 2011:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

  • autogen-5.11.6
  • bash-4.2
  • bzr-2.3.0
  • ccaudio2-2.0.1
  • coreutils-8.10
  • freeipmi-1.0.2
  • glibc-2.13
  • guile-2.0.0
  • guile-ncurses-1.3
  • gvpe-2.24
  • libmicrohttpd-0.9.7
  • octave-3.4.0
  • parallel-20110205
  • readline-6.2
  • recutils-1.3
  • sharutils-4.11
  • ucommon-4.1.5
  • xboard-4.5.1
  • xnee-3.09

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This month Jim Meyering adds GNU patch to the ever-growing list of packages he's co-maintaining, this one with Andreas Gruenbacher. Thanks Jim and Andreas.

I'd also like to specially mention the Guile 2.0 release. See for info about the many new features, compiler, and infrastructure.

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.