GnuCash 2.3.10 (Unstable) released

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at
Thu Feb 18 05:51:52 EST 2010

Peeking at previous announces, I sent this message to gnucash-announce as 
well. But I don't have post permissions on that list.

Can someone with moderator permission free this message on the announce list ?



P.S. And you can drop my previous mail from the devel moderator list. I 
accidentally sent it from the wrong account...

On Thursday 18 February 2010, Geert Janssens wrote:
> 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 involved.
> 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 this.
> 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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