r18267 - htdocs/trunk/news - 2.3.4 news

Phil Longstaff plongstaff at code.gnucash.org
Thu Aug 20 12:44:51 EDT 2009

Author: plongstaff
Date: 2009-08-20 12:44:51 -0400 (Thu, 20 Aug 2009)
New Revision: 18267
Trac: http://svn.gnucash.org/trac/changeset/18267

2.3.4 news

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+<b>Announcement:</b> GnuCash 2.3.4 Release
+<h2>GnuCash 2.3.4 released</h2>
+<p>The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.4, the fifth 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. This release is intended for developers and testers who want to help tracking down all those bugs that are still in there.</p>
+<p> WARNING WARNING WARNING - 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.</p>
+<p>PLEASE TEST TEST AND TEST SOME MORE any and all features important to you.
+Then post any bugs you find to bugzilla</p>
+<p>Major changes in the 2.3.x release include;
+<li>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.</li>
+<li>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.</li>
+<li>Updated to AqBanking 3 on Win32.</li>
+<p>Changes between 2.3.3 and 2.3.4 include:
+<li>Changes in database schema.  The "helper" tables (slots, recurrences, taxtable_entries) which can have multiple entries per object now have a unique, auto-increment integer primary key.  Dates and date/times stored in the database are now stored in DATE and TIMESTAMP columns (mysql and pgsql).  The "hidden" and "placeholder" account flags are now stored in individual fields in the accounts table.  A new budget_amounts table contains 1 record per budget per account per period and contains the budget amount for that account/period.  The scheduled transaction end date is now being stored.  The versions table now has the table name as the primary key, and NULL values are disallowed for all fields.
+Because of these changes, you will need to delete and recreate your database.  If you want to save your data, save it to XML before upgrading to 2.3.4, upgrade, then load the XML file and save to a new database or over your existing database.</li>
+<li>The standard report .scm files are now in <install-location>/share/gnucash/guile-modules/gnucash/report/standard-reports.  When gnucash is started, it will scan this directory and load each .scm file into the report menu system.  This means that if you want to add a new report to gnucash, you only need to copy it into this directory.</li>
+<li>Updated Japanese translation</li>
+<li>Updated Dutch translation</li>
+<li>Updated Danish translation</li>
+<li>Fixed bug 591614: Saving to postgresql causes zombie scheduled transactions.</li>
+<li>Ensure template root account (used for scheduled transactions) is stored even if there are no scheduled transactions</li>
+<li>Accounts can be stored even if commodity=NULL</li>
+<li>Fix bug 589418: commodities were not being stored properly.  This should solve the problem of the disappearing commodities.</li>
+<li>Improvements in the budget report:
+<li>For income accounts, the sign of the "difference" column is reversed so that positive values are good (more than budget).</li>
+<li>Fix wrapping problems in budget cells (account labels, negative values, values in certain currencies)</li>
+<li>Budget report can now display negative values in red.  This requires use of the Default-CSS stylesheet</li>
+<li>Period dates are now centered properly over the columns for that period</li>
+<li>Add an option to the budget report.  If enabled, and an account does not have a budget value for the period, the budget values for all child accounts are added.  If the chart of accounts is set up so that only leaf accounts have transactions, this allows budget values to be assigned either to all children and not the parent (they will be summed) or the parent.</li>
+<li>Changed --enable-webkit configure option to --with-html-engine=XXX where XXX is "gtkhtml" (default) or "webkit".</li>
+<li>Merged latest pot template into all .po translation files.</li>
+<li>Fixed signed vs unsigned char pointer type conflicts.</li>
+<p><b>Caveats for Testers</b></p>
+<p>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.<p>
+<p>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 involved.</p>
+<p><b>How can you help?</b></p>
+<p>Testing: Test it and help us discover all bugs that might show up in there.  Please enter each and every bug into bugzilla.</p>
+<p>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 this.</p>
+<p>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 <a href="http://bugzilla.gnome.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=GnuCash">bugzilla</a></p>
+<p><b>Getting GnuCash</b></p>
+<p>Source code for GnuCash 2.3.4 can be downloaded from www.gnucash.org or https://sourceforge.net/projects/gnucash/files under "gnucash (unstable)".</p>
+<p>To install GnuCash, users will need Gnome 2, guile, slib and swig.</p>
+<p><b><a href="http://www.gnucash.org/pub/gnucash/sources/unstable/2.3.x">http://www.gnucash.org</a></b></p>
+<p><b>Win32 binary</b></p>
+<p>The Gnucash 2.3.4 Win32 setup executable can be downloaded from https://sourceforge.net/projects/gnucash/files.  Look under "gnucash (unstable)".
+<p><b>About the Program</b></p>
+<p>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.</p>

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