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ftp uploads require explicit replace
     posted by karl, Mon May 21 00:47:11 2012 - 0 replies

ftp uploads now require an explicit replace directive to replace an existing file. (v1.2 of the ftp upload protocol.) See the
node "FTP Upload Directive File - v1.2", aka

Also, v1.0 directives are no longer supported.

undirected quoting in user messages, other recent changes
     posted by karl, Mon Jan 2 00:21:16 2012 - 0 replies

Some recent changes in the GNU Coding
Standards and Maintainer Information documents follow. The current versions
are available online at

- As previously mentioned, but worth repeating, US contributors can now make use of an ...

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contributors in US can send assignment papers electronically
     posted by karl, Wed Oct 12 23:30:58 2011 - 0 replies

Our friends at the Software Freedom Law Center have just informed us
that the FSF can safely accept scanned copies of signed assignments from
U.S. residents. We are also looking into the possibility of this working
for foreign contributors as well, but for now it is limited to U.S. ...

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template text for per-package donations
     posted by karl, Sat Nov 13 00:48:11 2010 - 0 replies

New node with sample text for packages wishing to ask for donations:

ranges can be ok in copyright lines
     posted by karl, Wed Oct 27 17:37:27 2010 - 0 replies

As long as information is not lost, it is now ok to use ranges in copyright years. Specifically: 1) every year in the range, inclusive, really must be a ``copyrightable'' year that would be listed individually; and 2) you make an explicit statement in a @file{README} file about this usage. has been updated.

dynamic plug-in interface standards
     posted by karl, Wed Aug 25 00:11:52 2010 - 0 replies

Encouraging development of free plug-ins, and discouraging development of proprietary plug-ins.

primary distribution point & country restrictions
     posted by karl, Thu May 13 23:50:18 2010 - 0 replies

The primary distribution site for GNU packages should allow access from anyone (for instance, without excluding any country).

mode 755 recommended for distribution tarballs
     posted by karl, Sat Dec 12 00:11:16 2009 - 0 replies

Following CVE-2009-4029, we now recommend ensuring that distribution tarballs are created with mode 755, not 777. The latest releases of automake (1.11.1 and 1.10.3) implement this.

licenses upgraded to GNU FDL 1.3+
     posted by karl, Thu Nov 6 18:04:48 2008 - 0 replies

The licenses of the GNU coding standards and maintainer documents have been upgraded to GNU FDL version 1.3 or later. Other GNU documentation using the FDL should do the same at the next release. See

Guile and GNOME
     posted by karl, Mon May 5 17:26:24 2008 - 0 replies

Note that Guile has good support for GTK+/GNOME these days. As Andy Wingo writes:
The eventual hope is for a different, more dynamic paradigm of
software, software that has the emacs-property.

Older News Approved
maintain.texi now under GFDL posted by karl, Thu Jan 17 17:41:52 2008 - 0 replies
more ftp upload features posted by karl, Sat Jul 1 18:21:12 2006 - 0 replies
DESTDIR details posted by karl, Mon May 8 13:23:35 2006 - 0 replies
considering non-GNU standards posted by karl, Wed Feb 8 23:09:59 2006 - 0 replies
simpler copyright notices posted by karl, Sun Dec 25 23:58:08 2005 - 0 replies
quotes and char sets posted by karl, Thu Aug 18 17:46:45 2005 - 0 replies
more documentation formats posted by karl, Mon Nov 29 18:39:26 2004 - 0 replies
gnustandards at savannah posted by karl, Sun Oct 10 22:14:17 2004 - 0 replies
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