GNU Spotlight with Karl Berry (November 2012)
New releases this month (as of November 27, 2012):
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I'd like to specially mention the first release of GNU pyconfigure http://www.gnu.org/software/pyconfigure/, which provides developers using Python's setup.py for their package with ways to support the standard GNU configure && make installation method.
Another special mention for Ludovic Courtes for his new GNU package (system) Guix, http://www.gnu.org/software/guix/, going along with all his work on Guile.
We also welcome Dimitry Bogatov as the new maintainer of GNU Thales, Brian Lane and Phillip Susi as new co-maintainers of GNU parted, Hellekin and Daniel Reusche as new co-maintainers of GNU social, Fabio Gonzalez as the author and maintainer of the new GNU package fcrypt, and Paulo Cesar Pereira de Andrade as the new maintainer of GNU lightning.
A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance. Please see http://www.gnu.org/server/takeaction.html#unmaint if you'd like to help. The general page on how to help GNU is at http://www.gnu.org/help/help.html. To submit new packages to the GNU operating system, see http://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html.
As always, please feel free to write to me, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any GNUish questions or suggestions for future installments.