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+<b>Announcement:</b> GnuCash 2.5.4 (Unstable) Release
+<h2>GnuCash 2.5.4 (Unstable) released</h2>
+<p>The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.5.4,
+the fifth release in the 2.5.x series of the GnuCash
+Free Accounting Software which will eventually lead to the stable
+version 2.6.0. It runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris and Mac OSX.</p>
+<div class="dialog warning">
+<p><b>WARNING:</b> This is an <b>UNSTABLE</b> version of Gnucash.</p>
+<p>This release is intended for developers and testers who want to
+help find bugs and other problems to make the eventual stable release
+<p> Make sure you make backups of any files used in testing versions
+of GnuCash in the 2.5.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>
+<div class="dialog note">
+<p><b>NOTE:</b> The latest stable version is 2.4.13.</p>
+<p><b>Please TEST, TEST, and TEST some more</b> any and all features important to you.
+Then post any bugs you find to <a href="">Bugzilla</a></p>
+<h3>Major changes in the 2.5 series </h3>
+<li> <p>Robert Fewell has contributed a rewrite of the register (Gnucash's
+primary interface window) to use the GtkTreeModel (select "register 2"
+from the menu) as well as a new CSV import/export facility for account
+trees.<em>Take care not to try to open a single account in both the old and
+new registers at the same time. Doing so will crash Gncuash</em>
+<p> Note that this introduces some new preferences:
+<li> In the Accounts Pane:
+<li>Show the Account Color as background</li>
+<li>Show the Account Color on tabs</li>
+</ul>These both default to "off", which means that if you have account colors on tabs in an earlier version of Gnucash, you'll want to enable the second one.</li>
+<li>In the Register Defaults Pane:
+<li>Number of characters for auto complete</li>
+<li>Show entered and reconciled dates on selection</li>
+<li>Show the calendar buttons</li>
+<li>Move the selection to the blank split on expand</li>
+</ul>These affect the behavior of only the new Register2 windows.</li></ul>These new preferences have not yet been documented in the Help Manual.</li>
+<li> Gnucash now requires Gtk+-2.24 and GLib-2.26. We've removed most
+ of the dependencies on libraries obsoleted by project Ridley and will
+ be in position to move to Gtk+-3.x once the GtkTreeModel register
+ window work is complete. This means that Gnucash 2.5 requires Debian
+ 6, RHEL 6, or one of the more aggressive distributions like
+ Ubuntu.</li>
+<li> Gnucash now works with Guile-2.0, but enabling Guile-2.0 support
+requires building Gnucash with <a
+Swig-2.0.10</a>. The distribution tarballs were built with this version and should work with Guile-2.0</li>
+<li> The business module has been revamped and we introduce some new features:
+     <ul>
+     <li> Credit Notes </li>
+     <li> Customer and Vendor Overview Pages</li>
+     <li> Customer Overview Reports </li>
+     <li> Existing Transactions may be reassigned as invoice payments </li>
+     <li> Support for duplicate invoices </li>
+     <li> Improved invoice and bill handling: Post, print, or duplicate
+     multiple items directly from a search results list </li>
+     <li> Better invoice printing setup: Choose a default invoice report as a
+     preference </li>
+     <li> Reorder invoice entries in the invoice window </li>
+     </ul>
+<li> The "Num" field is now optionally per-split rather than
+ per-transaction.</li>
+<li> Gnucash can print to a PDF for reports and invoices </li>
+<li> Account "Filter By" settings can be saved and recalled </li>
+<li> Account entries in the Chart of Account can be colored </li>
+<li> When opening a locked "book" one now has the option of opening it
+ read-only. Note that Gnucash is still a single-user program and that
+ the database backends are still used only as a data store.</li>
+<li>Tom Loft has contributed an initial version of REST API allowing minimal information about accounts, invoices and customers to be accessed in JSON format. Includes modifications to  to add additional functions.</li>
+<li> Gnucash is no longer subject to the "2038" bug, so that 30-year
+ mortgages can now be entered correctly.</li>
+<li> By agreement of all authors we have relicensed Gnucash to the Gnu
+ Public License Version 2 or later from just Version 2.</li>
+<h3>Changes Since the Last Unstable Release</h3>
+<li>Register Rewrite Update:
+<li>Restore the delete-transaction-up/down feature</li>
+<li>Replace the filter-and-sort model with a qof query</li>
+<li>Date and Cursor improvements</li>
+Author: Robert Fewell</li>
+<li>Revert the Bitcoin support until the patch is rewritten for a better UI</li>
+<li>Localization Improvements:</li>
+<li>Make the CSV Account import table header tranlatable</li>
+<li>Fix translation of table headers</li>
+<li>Fix dash-marker usage</li>
+<li>Other translation issues</li>
+Author: Aurimas Fišeras
+<li><a href="">Bug #703897</a>: Functions which can return NULL always return a Python object (Tom Lofts)</li>
+<li><a href="">Bug #704183</a>: OFX file import tries to match online_id against ACCTID[space]ACCTKEY even when ACCTKEY is empty. (G. Paul Ziemba)</li>
+<li><a href="">Bug #704185</a>: Gnucash 2.5 doesn't build on FreeBSD</li>
+<li> Translations updated: Catalan, Danish, Italian, and Lithuanian</li>
+<h3>Caveats for Testers</h3>
+<p><b>Any 2.5.x version might crash unexpectedly.</b> If you must test
+with important data in a 2.5.x release and are using the XML file
+backend for data storage, be sure to save the file frequently. If you
+are using the SQL backend, this is not required as every change is
+saved immediately to the database.</p>
+<p>Although the screenshots have been updated in the documentation,
+much of the wording still describes Gnucash-2.4. Please help update
+the documentation: See <a
+href="">the development wiki
+page</a> on how to get involved.</p>
+<h3>How can you help?</h3>
+<li><b>Testing:</b> Please try out as many features as you can. Report
+problems either in <a
+reports</a>or on the <a
+mailing list</a></li>
+<li><b>Translating:</b> Translators may begin work on new strings at any time,
+though string freeze isn't planned until the 2.5.5 release in early
+September. Status of translations is shown on the <a
+status </a> page. If Gnucash isn't fully translated into your language
+and you'd like to pitch in, <a
+href="">here's how to get
+<h3>Getting GnuCash</h3>
+<p>Source code for GnuCash 2.5.4 can be downloaded from multiple locations:</p>
+<li><a href="">The GnuCash website</a></li>
+<li>Sourceforge: <a
+<li>You can also checkout the sources directly from the
+repository with subversion:<br/><br/><span style="font-family:
+monospace;">svn co
+<p>Or with git:</p><span style="font-family:
+monospace;">git clone git://</span></li>
+<p>To install GnuCash, you will need Gnome 2 and guile 1.8 or 2.0,
+including devel packages. In addition you will need swig (swig-2.0.10
+for guile 2.0, see the note at the top) if compiling from subversion
+or git.</p>
+<h3>Win32 and MacOSX binary</h3>
+<p>The following pre-compiled application packages are also available:</p>
+<li><a href="">Gnucash 2.5.4 Win32 setup executable</a></li>
+<li><a href="">Gnucash 2.5.4 MacOSX dmg for Intel Macs</a></li>
+<li><a href="">Gnucash 2.5.4 MacOSX dmg for PowerPC Macs</a></li>
+<h3>About the Program</h3>
+<p>GnuCash is a free, open source accounting program released under
+the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2 or later 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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