GNU Spotlight August 2011

Originally published in the Free Software Foundation's Free Software Supporter - Issue 41, August 2011:
GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry

New GNU releases:

  • archimedes-1.0.0
  • bzr-2.4.0
  • diffutils-3.1
  • gama-1.11
  • gdbm-1.9.1
  • glpk-4.46
  • gnuhealth.1.3.1
  • gnupg-2.0.18
  • gnutls-2.12.9
  • gnutls-3.0.1
  • gsrc-1.0.1
  • icecat-6.0
  • libiconv-1.14
  • parallel-20110822
  • pem-0.7.9
  • rcs-5.8
  • sipwitch-1.1.1
  • tramp-2.2.2
  • wget-1.13.3
  • xnee-3.10
  • xorriso-1.1.4

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This month we welcome Adrienne Thompson as the maintainer of the new GNU package c-graph, and Luis Falcon as the maintainer of the new package Health. We also welcome Hartmut Rosch as the new maintainer of maverik, and Julia Longtin as the new maintain of gift. Finally, we welcome Micheal Harker as co-maintainer of gnatsweb, and Stefano Lattarini and Jim Meyering as co-maintainers of Automake.

I'd like to specially mention the first release of GNU GSRC, providing a simple way to install GNU packages from their original sources, entirely independent of any distro packaging system.

Another special mention must go to the new package GNU Health, a large health and hospital information system, which the United Nations Institute of Global Health in Malaysia is starting to use throughout the region.

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.