GNU Spotlight October 2012

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

There were 13 new GNU releases this month!

Releases as of October 29, 2012:

  • binutils-2.23
  • bison-2.6.4
  • coreutils-8.20
  • freeipmi-1.2.2
  • gnuhealth-1.6.4
  • gnutls-3.1.3
  • libcdio-0.90
  • libextractor-1.0.1
  • parallel-20121022
  • patch-2.7.1
  • units-2.01
  • xnee-3.14
  • zile-2.4.9

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