r18113 - htdocs/trunk/news - Add 2.3.1 NEWS entry

Phil Longstaff plongstaff at code.gnucash.org
Sun Jun 7 16:45:29 EDT 2009

Author: plongstaff
Date: 2009-06-07 16:45:29 -0400 (Sun, 07 Jun 2009)
New Revision: 18113
Trac: http://svn.gnucash.org/trac/changeset/18113

Add 2.3.1 NEWS entry

Added: htdocs/trunk/news/090607-2.3.1.news
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+<b>Announcement:</b> GnuCash 2.3.1 Release
+2009-06-07 16:45
+<h2>GnuCash 2.3.1 released</h2>
+<p>The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.3.1, 
+the second 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 guarentee 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 2.3.0 and 2.3.1 include:
+<li> Bug #582976 – install.sh - webkit-1.1.5-win32.zip is not available 
+<li> Bug #583535 - Problem with mysql database
+<li> Bug #583883 – Customer report produces error
+<li> Bug #584564: Patch by Chris Dennis to allow a report to be either a string or html-doc
+<li> Fix all business exports to force file type QSF
+<li> Fix SQL statement which calculates account balances
+<li> Fix port number, especially for postgresql
+<li> Clean up include files and code related to goffice.
+<li> Add qsf:// as a valid URI type
+<li> Fix handling of GObjects when deleting a report
+<li> Update aqbanking version to 3.8.3, which means one patch isn't needed
+<li> Fix WEBKIT path so that correct DLLs will be copied to output directory
+<li> Register: Add some header comments for a confusing function.
+<li> Create and upload the WIN32 daily builds
+<li> If postgres database does not exist, create it.
+<li> Update German translation.
+<li> Minor i18n string improvements
+<li> Remove obsolete glade file.
+<li> Modify packing on URI type combo box to fix its size
+<li> Patch by Mike Alexander to speed up price db loading in sql backend.
+<li> Add Lithuanian translation by Tadas Masiulionis
+<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
+<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
+<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
+<p><b>Getting GnuCash</b></p>
+<p>GnuCash 2.3.1 can be downloaded from sourceforge.net.  It is available as
+source code.</p>
+<p>To install GnuCash, users will need Gnome 2, guile, slib and swig.</p>
+<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

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