GNU Spotlight March 2012

Originally published on the Free Software Foundation's community blog:
GNU spotlight with Karl Berry (March 2012)

A monthly update on all things in the GNU project

New GNU releases this month:

Run Free Run GNU banner by Vladimir Zúñiga

This month we welcome Michael Talbot-Wilson as the new maintainer of GNU Sather, and Imed Ben Heni as a new co-maintainer of GNU kopi. We also welcome Alexandre Oliva as the maintainer of linux-libre, the longstanding basis for the kernel component of most entirely-free GNU/Linux systems, newly dubbed as an official GNU package.

We also welcome Jose Luis Garcia Pallero as the new maintainer of the GNU Scientific Library (GSL). Jose would very much appreciate additional volunteers! Please contact him through the usual GSL lists.

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Several GNU packages are looking for maintainers and other assistance. There's also a general page on how to help GNU, and information on how to submit new packages to GNU.

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