ANNOUNCE: GnuCash 2.3.10 (Unstable) released

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at
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 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 
Van Braeckel.

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 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 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

Getting GnuCash

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 gnucash

To install GnuCash, you will need Gnome 2, guile, slib. In addition you will 
need swig if compiling from subversion.
Win32 binary

The Gnucash 2.3.10 Win32 setup executable can be downloaded from Sourceforge 
as well.
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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