GNU Spotlight August 2012

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

19 new GNU releases as of August 28, 2012:

  • alive-2.0.0
  • emacs-24.2
  • help2man-1.40.12
  • autogen-5.16.2
  • freeipmi-1.2.1
  • icecat-14.0
  • automake-1.12.3
  • gdb-7.5
  • mediagoblin-0.3.1
  • bison-2.6.2
  • gnubatch-1.6
  • parallel-20120822
  • ccide-0.6.5-1
  • gnuhealth-1.6.3
  • wget-1.14
  • coreutils-8.19
  • gnutls-3.1.0
  • cppi-1.17
  • grep-2.14

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This month we welcome Thien-Thi Nguyen as a new maintainer of alive (first release above) in addition to his work maintaining RCS, Jordi Hermoso as a new co-maintainer of Octave, and Thomas Young as the author of the new GNU package ccide.

This month we welcome John Meinel as the new maintainer of GNU Bazaar, aka bzr. We also welcome Gary Vaughan as the new maintainer of GNU Zile, in addition to being co-maintainer of GNU libtool and GNU m4. Many thanks to Reuben Thomas, Zile's original author, for contributing the program (and much else).

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.