There Were 19 New GNU Releases Last Month


“Nineteen new GNU releases in the last month,” reads a “July GNU Spotlight” announcement from the Free Software Foundation.

Here’s (edited and condensed) descriptions of some of the highlights:

  • GNU Datamash (version 1.8) — a command-line program performing basic numeric, textual, and statistical operations on input textual data files (designed to work within standard pipelines).

  • GNUnet (version 0.17.2) — a framework for secure peer-to-peer networking. “The high-level goal is to provide a strong foundation of free software for a global, distributed network that provides security and privacy. GNUnet in that sense aims to replace the current internet protocol stack. Along with an application for secure publication of files, it has grown to include all kinds of basic applications for the foundation of a GNU internet.”

  • GnuTLS (version 3.7.7) — A secure communications library implementing the SSL, TLS and DTLS protocols, provided in the form of a C library.

  • Jami (version 20220726.1515.da8d1da) — a GNU package for universal communication that respects the freedom and privacy of its users, using distributed hash tables for establishing communication. (“This avoids keeping centralized registries of users and storing personal data.”)

  • LibreJS (version 7.21.0) — an add-on for GNU Icecat and other Firefox-based browsers that detects non-trivial and non-free JavaScript code from being loaded without your consent when you browse the web. “JavaScript code that is free or trivial is allowed to be loaded.”

  • GNU Nettle (version 3.8.1) — a low-level cryptographic library. It is designed to fit in easily in almost any context. It can be easily included in cryptographic toolkits for object-oriented languages or in applications themselves.

  • GNU Octave (version 7.2.0) — a high-level interpreted language specialized for numerical computations, for both linear and non-linear applications and with great support for visualizing results.

  • R (version 4.2.1) — a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, along with robust support for producing publication-quality data plots. “A large amount of 3rd-party packages are available, greatly increasing its breadth and scope.”

  • TRAMP (version 2.5.3) — a GNU Emacs package allowing you to access files on remote machines as though they were local files. “This includes editing files, performing version control tasks and modifying directory contents with dired. Access is performed via ssh, rsh, rlogin, telnet or other similar methods.”

Click here to see the other new releases and download information.

The FSF announcement adds that “A number of GNU packages, as well as the GNU operating system as a whole, are looking for maintainers and other assistance.”