gnucash-htdocs master: Announce Release of 2.5.9

John Ralls jralls at
Sun Dec 1 13:26:04 EST 2013

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Author: John Ralls <jralls at>
Date:   Sun Dec 1 10:09:44 2013 -0800

    Announce Release of 2.5.9

diff --git a/externals/global_params.php b/externals/global_params.php
index 9189945..1569e2c 100644
--- a/externals/global_params.php
+++ b/externals/global_params.php
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@
 #     $latest_stable_mac_intel   = $latest_stable."-2";
      $latest_stable_mac_intel   = $latest_stable;
-     $latest_unstable           = "2.5.8";
+     $latest_unstable           = "2.5.9";
      // There's currently no unstable release being worked on, so disable it
 #     $latest_unstable           = False;
      $latest_unstable_win       = $latest_unstable;
diff --git a/news/ b/news/
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--- /dev/null
+++ b/news/
@@ -0,0 +1,208 @@
+<b>Announcement:</b> GnuCash 2.5.9 (Unstable) Release
+<h2>GnuCash 2.5.9 (Unstable) released</h2>
+<p>The GnuCash development team proudly announces GnuCash 2.5.9,
+the tenth release in the 2.5.x series of the GnuCash
+Free Accounting Software which will soon 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 everyone who wants 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>
+<p> This is the first "beta" release, with 2.6.0 planned for release 29 December. <em>String and Feature Freeze are now in effect.</em> No new features affecting strings, API, or UI should be committed until after 2.6.0 is released. </p>
+<p><b><em>Translation Note:</em></b> We found it desirable to fix some typos and add two translatable strings, "Bill Information" and "Voucher Information" to the latest release. Please update your templates.</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> Register2 is now a configure option. Default builds, including
+  the Windows and Mac All-in-one packages, will use only the old
+  register. We've decided that it isn't ready for general use and the
+  principal author doesn't have time to make it ready in time for a
+  2.6 release.</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
+  href="">
+  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>
+  <li><p>Geert Janssens has rewritten the preferences system to use
+	 GSettings from GIO (GLib) instead of GConf. This is a simpler
+	 and more robust backend which writes to the OS's native prefs
+	 — defaults on OS X and the Registry on MSWindows — and
+	 allows us to remove several troublesome dependencies
+	 including GConf, ORBit, and DBus.</p>
+	 <p>Note that window position, column sizes, and sort orders
+	 will not be migrated from GConf. Those settings will revert
+	 to the default the first time you use Gnucash 2.5.6 or later,
+	 but they will be saved once you've reset them. </p> </li>
+  <li> Patrick has contributed a new feature allowing one to link an
+  external file to a transaction. This long-requested feature is
+  available through the Transaction menu and a transaction's context
+  menu. The files are displayed in the default viewer for that file
+  type.</li>
+  <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> Frédéric Perrin has contributed a change to display currency
+  symbols whenever they are known and unambiguous.</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> <a href="">Bug #644044</a>: Lots: SQL backend loses link to Gain/Loss Txn </li>
+ <li> <a href="">Bug #704506</a>: Connection loss to mysql after resume from hibernation </li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #707311</a>: Tax Invoice fails to open when using guile 2</li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #710871</a>:  Python site-packages not found when not installed to default location using --prefix  </li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #710905</a>:   Column withs, visibility, order and sort order not saved and restored </li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #711289</a>:  Win32 time zone handling is inconsistent between 2.4 and 2.5</li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #712299</a>: Tax Invoice with guile 2 doesn't display currency symbols </li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #715041</a>:  Crash opening a file when a file is already open.</li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #715184</a>:  Bill or Invoice; a new Bill gives a new Invoice</li>
+<li> <a href="">Bug #719471</a>: Unused commodities saved to XML file </li>
+<li> No Bug Report: Work around libxml2 gzip archive alignment bug which occasionally prevented compressed XML files from opening.</li>
+  <li> Translations updated: German, Italian</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
+  href="">bug
+  reports</a>or on the <a
+  href="">devel
+  mailing list</a></li>
+  <li><b>Translating:</b> Translators may begin work on new strings at
+  any time, and while we haven't yet announced string freeze it's
+  imminent. Status of translations is shown on the <a
+  href="">translation
+  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
+  involved</a>.</li> </ul>
+<h3>Getting GnuCash</h3>
+<p>Source code for GnuCash 2.5.9 can be downloaded from multiple locations:</p>
+  <li><a href="">The GnuCash website</a></li>
+  <li>Sourceforge: <a href="">bzip2</a>,
+  <a href="">gzip</a>,
+  <a href="">all
+  files</a>.</li>
+  <li>You can also checkout the sources directly from the
+  repository with subversion:<br/><br/><span style="font-family:
+  monospace;">svn co
+  gnucash</span>
+  <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 2.5.9 Win32 setup executable</a></li>
+  <li><a href="">GnuCash 2.5.9 MacOSX dmg for Intel Macs</a></li>
+  <li><a href="">GnuCash 2.5.9 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 Version 3 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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