The New GNU News Of 2015

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 25 December 2015 at 06:53 AM EST. 6 Comments
As part of our round-ups of the most popular open-source/Linux content over the course of the year, many year-end performance benchmarks, etc, here's a look at the most exciting GNU news of the year.

While it can be hard to classify just the GNU news since there are GNU software projects that fall into many different news categories on Phoronix, here is our top ten list of the most viewed GNU news stories for 2015.

RMS Feels There's "A Systematic Effort To Attack GNU Packages"
Richard Stallman has come out against support for basic LLVM debugger (LLDB) support within Emacs' Gud.el as he equates it to an attack on GNU packages.

Linux "GHOST" Vulnerability Hits Glibc Systems
The latest high-profile security vulnerability affecting Linux systems us within Glibc, the GNU C Library.

Don't Want systemd? Try GNU Hurd, But It Still Lacks 64-bit, Audio & USB
While it doesn't get talked about too much these days, GNU Hurd remains under active development. A GNU Hurd developer has shared a status update about the state of Hurd in 2015 and how you can start contributing.

GNU Octave 4.0 Released, Includes A GUI & OpenGL
GNU Octave, a high-level programming language for numerical computations and an open-source alternative to MATLAB, is out this weekend with a huge release. Meet GNU Octave 4.0.

Free Software Foundation Endorses Another (Outdated) Laptop
Back in 2013 the Free Software Foundation endorsed its first laptop as respecting the user's freedoms. Being announced today is another laptop now being endorsed by the FSF.

GNU Hurd 0.7 & GNU Mach 1.6 Released
Stepping ahead of the Linux 4.3 release is a Halloween release of GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, and GNU MIG 1.6.

GNU Nano 2.4.0 Brings Complete Undo System, Linter Support & More
GNU Nano 2.4.0 was released this morning as the first stable update to this open-source CLI text editor in a number of years.

GCC 5.3 Officially Released
Version 5.3 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is now available.

GNUstep Developers Consider Forking The Project, Moving Away From FSF
The lead developer of GNUstep, a GPL-licensed implementation of Apple's Cocoa frameworks and toolkit, is considering a fork of the project.

A Developer Is Going To Focus On Improving GNU Hurd's Hardware Support
As explained recently in The Current State Of Debian GNU Hurd, PC hardware support by GNU Hurd is pretty piss poor right now with no support for USB yet, sound support being in its early stages, and 64-bit support just being started. However, a developer is hoping to work on improving hardware support for Hurd.
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