ANNOUNCE: GnuCash 2.3.10 (Unstable) released
janssens-geert at telenet.be
Thu Feb 18 04:33:23 EST 2010
GnuCash 2.3.10 (Unstable) released
The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.10, the tenth of
several unstable 2.3.x releases of the GnuCash Free Accounting Software which
will eventually lead to the stable version 2.4.0. With this new release
series, GnuCash can use an SQL database using SQLite3, MySQL or PostgreSQL. It
runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.
WARNING: This is an *UNSTABLE* version of Gnucash.
This release is intended for developers and testers who want to help tracking
down all those bugs that are still in there.
Make sure you make backups of any files used in testing versions of GnuCash in
the 2.3.x series. Although the developers go to great lengths to ensure that
no data will be lost we cannot guarantee that your data will not be affected
if for some reason GnuCash crashes in testing these releases.
NOTE: The latest stable version is 2.2.9.
PLEASE TEST TEST AND TEST SOME MORE any and all features important to you.
Then post any bugs you find to bugzilla
Major changes in the 2.3.x release include;
* In addition to the XML backend, Gnucash can now use a SQLite3, MySQL or
PostgreSQL database to store the data. This is a new implementation using
libdbi. It supports all features including the business features. In order to
build with this, add --enable-dbi to the configure command. In addition to the
libdbi-dev package for your distribution, you will also need the appropriate
DBD (libdbi driver) package for sqlite3, mysql or postgresql.
* In addition to the current GtkHTML HTML engine used to display reports
and graphs, Gnucash can use WebKit. WebKit is the engine used by Google Chrome
on Windows and Safari on Apple. In order to build with this, add --enable-
webkit to the configure command. You will need an appropriate webkit-dev
package. On win32, you will need to download the webkit-1.1.5-win32.zip file
from the source repository and put it into the downloads directory of your
gnucash build area. Note that there are serious bugs when using webkit on
win32, so it is advised that win32 builds continue to use gtkhtml
* Updated to AqBanking 3 on Win32.
Changes between 2.3.9 and 2.3.10 include:
* Revert r18654. Current GtkHtml implementation crashes the windows build
whenever a report is opened.
* Better fix for segfault at startup caused by bug 608329's patch and a
renamed Accounts tab. Patch by Tom Van Braeckel
* Fix crash at startup on renamed Accounts tab, bug#608329. Patch by Tom
Caveats for Testers
Any 2.3.x version might crash unexpectedly at any point during runtime. If you
test some serious work in a 2.3.x release and are using the XML file backend
for data storage, make sure you hit "Save" after every non-trivial workstep.
If you are using the SQL backend, this is not required as every change is
saved immediately to the database.
The documentation has had screenshots updated, however, many help texts
usually only refers to the 1.8.x series. Everyone is invited to help improve
the documentation; see http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Development on how to get
How can you help?
Testing: Test it and help us discover all bugs that might show up in there.
Please enter each and every bug into bugzilla.
Translating: The new release comes with some new translation strings. If you
consider contributing a translation, we invite you to test this release
already. A string freeze will be announced in one of the later 2.3.x releases.
Please check http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Translation_Status for updates on
We would like to encourage people to test this and any further releases as
much as possible and submit bug reports in order that we can polish GnuCash to
be as stable as possible for the 2.4.0 release in a few weeks. Then post any
bugs you find to bugzilla
Source code for GnuCash 2.3.10 can be downloaded from multiple locations:
* The GnuCash website
* Sourceforge: bzip2, gzip, all files.
* You can also checkout the sources directly from the subversion
repository with this command:
svn co http://svn.gnucash.org/repo/gnucash/trunk gnucash
To install GnuCash, you will need Gnome 2, guile, slib. In addition you will
need swig if compiling from subversion.
The Gnucash 2.3.10 Win32 setup executable can be downloaded from Sourceforge
About the Program
GnuCash is a free, open source accounting program released under the GNU
General Public License (GPL) and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris, Mac
OSX and Microsoft Windows. Programming on GnuCash began in 1997, and its first
stable release was in 1998.
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