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Announcing mkisofs 1.13


I'm proud to announce the release of GNU mkisofs version 1.13.

This release implements a few new features relative to the previous one
(mkisofs 1.12b5).  But most importantly, the codebase has been updated
to modern standards and the build system has been rewritten from scratch
using recent GNU autotools.

A source tarball for the new release can be found at:


and its GPG detached signature [*]:


[*] You can use the above signature file to verify that the corresponding
file (without the .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both
the .sig file and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify mkisofs-1.13.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys DEA2C38E

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Gettext 0.17
  Automake 1.10.1
  Autoconf 2.61

As this is the first release of GNU mkisofs in more than 10 years, some
explanation is in order:

  This program was initially written for the GNU system in 1993, by Eric
  Youngdale, who maintained it up untill 1997.

  Shortly afterwards, a derivative of GNU mkisofs was incorporated into
  cdrtools, the CD/DVD recording package.  In 2006, the cdrtools version of
  mkisofs spawned another fork: genisoimage, which was included as part of
  cdrkit package in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

  Unfortunately, both forks of mkisofs shared the same problem: they
  introduced new code under terms that would made them incompatible with
  future versions of the GNU General Public License.  Although this didn't
  cause any practical issues at the time, it became problematic when
  version 3 of the GNU GPL was released in 2007: code licensed under the
  incompatible terms couldn't be used by programs that adopted the new

  Because of this, the GNU project has resumed work on mkisofs, starting with
  modernization of the codebase, bringing it to up-to-date standards, as
  well as implementing some unique features that are necessary for GRUB,
  the GNU bootloader.

Robert Millan

  "Be the change you want to see in the world" -- Gandhi

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