GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry (March 2010)
Here are the recent GNU software releases:
acct-6.5.4 freeipmi-0.8.4 mtools-4.0.13 archimedes-0.9.1 global-5.8.1 myserver-0.9.2 auctex-11.86 glpk-4.43 nano-2.2.3 autogen-5.10.1 gnash-0.8.7 parted-2.2 binutils-2.20.1 gnubatch-1.2 sharutils-4.9 commoncpp2-1.8.0 gnunet-0.8.1b sipwitch-0.7.2 cppi-1.14 gnuspool-1.6 solfege-3.14.11 denemo-0.8.14 gsasl-1.4.1 units-1.88 dfarc-3.6 libgsasl-1.4.1 xorriso-0.5.0 diffutils-2.9 libidn-1.18 zile-2.3.15 electric-8.11 m4-1.4.14 enscript-18.104.22.168 mit-scheme-9.0
I'd like to specially note two things this month. First, the first new release of patch in many years. Thanks to the new co-maintainer, Jim Meyering, for reviving it (among all his other core work). Second, the new GNU package xorriso, a modern (and compatible) equivalent to mkisofs. Thanks to the maintainer, Thomas Schmitt, and his colleagues for doing all the work to make it possible to include this in GNU.
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