GTK+ 2.17.4 released

GTK+ 2.17.4 is now available for download at:

md5 sums:
fab0833657d241ee92580d589caeee64  gtk+-2.17.4.tar.bz2
99b85814e449a57632f3ce1be6463996  gtk+-2.17.4.tar.gz

sha1 sums:
e7cef27363f5f2f77674aad6475602e21c790bf0  gtk+-2.17.4.tar.bz2
f286c6899d6aa34cac35bb1779a12286917c9f73  gtk+-2.17.4.tar.gz

This is a development release leading up to GTK+ 2.18.


 * This is an unstable development release.
   It has had only little testing and there are unfinished
   features and plenty of bugs in this release. It should
   definitively not be used in production.

 * Installing this version will overwrite your existing
   copy of GTK+ 2.16. If you have problems, you'll need
   to reinstall GTK+ 2.16.

 * GTK+ 2.18 will be source and binary compatible with
   the GTK+ 2.16 series; however, the new API additions
   are not yet finalized, so there may be incompatibilities
   between this release and the final 2.18 release.

 * Bugs should be reported to

What is GTK+

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user
interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for
projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application

GTK+ has been designed from the ground up to support a range of
languages, not only C/C++. Using GTK+ from languages such as Perl and
Python (especially in combination with the Glade GUI builder) provides
an effective method of rapid application development.

GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the
licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all
developers, including those developing proprietary software, without
any license fees or royalties.

Where to get more information about GTK+

Information about GTK+ including links to documentation can be
found at:

An installation guide for GTK+ 2.x is found at:

Common questions:


GTK+ is a large project and relies on voluntary contributions.
We are actively searching for new contributors in various areas
and invite everyone to help project development.
If you are willing to participate, please subscribe to the project
mailing lists to offer your help and read over our list of vacant
project tasks:

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.17.3 to 2.17.4

* GtkEntry now has model-view separation, with GtkEntryBuffer.
  One intended use case for this is to support 'secure memory'
  for password entries.

* The print dialog can now optionally include the page setup
  controls, avoiding the need for a separate page setup dialog
  in many applications.

* Coloring of visited links in GtkLabel can now be turned off, with
  the ::track-visited-links property.

* Support for clipmasks in gdk_draw_pixbuf now works, this will
  introduce visual changes in code that uses clipmasks when drawing
  pixbufs. However, since this never worked that is unlikely to happen.
  Old code using gdk_pixbuf_render_threshold_alpha masks when rendering
  pixbufs will now produce truncated results at the edges.

* A number of regressions from the client-side window merge have
  been fixed.

* The directfb GDK backend has been fixed to build with csw.

* Bugs fixed:
 569393 gtk calendar localization YM note is wrong
 587559 Popup closes immediately
 551409 Print dialog should include page size and orientation
 588115 gvim clipboard broken

* Updated translations:

Thanks to all contributors:
Alexander Larsson
Andre Klapper
Kjartan Maraas
Michael Natterer
Benjamin Otte
Stef Walter
Cody Russell
Marek Kasik

July 10, 2009
Matthias Clasen

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