[greenstone-devel] Greenstone v2.53 released!

From Michael Dewsnip
DateWed, 02 Mar 2005 17:42:02 +1300
Subject [greenstone-devel] Greenstone v2.53 released!
Hello everyone,

We're pleased to announce that the Windows/Linux/Source distributions of
Greenstone v2.53 are now available for download from our sourceforge
page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenstone, or via

This release contains a lot of new functionality, and is therefore
likely to be a little less stable than usual. Please give it a good
workout and report any bugs you find (see below), as we want the next
release of Greenstone (version 2.60) to be a stable release.

Important changes in this release include, in no particular order:

- A brand new installer (see below)
- Much improved GLI compatibility with Java 1.5.0
- The ability to import documents exported from DSpace, and vice versa
- A smarter HTMLPlug that blocks the images in the HTML files it
processes, and no others
- New GLI metadata sets: Qualified Dublin Core, NZGLS, AGLS, and RFC 1807
- Lucene building support (for real this time!)
- An improved and much more bandwidth-efficient GLI applet
- Support for subfields in the Greenstone Editor for Metadata Sets (GEMS)
- ...and many many other improvements and bug fixes

The new installer for Greenstone is built using the same multi-platform
installation technology that has been used for the Greenstone Language
Packs. The obvious advantage of this is that we only have to maintain
one installer, rather than one for each of our target platforms
(Windows, Linux, Mac). Additionally, this new technology makes it
easier for us to release patches and upgrades.

The disadvantage of the new installer is that it requires Java to be
installed on your system. Most machines already have Java installed, but
if yours doesn't you can download it for free from http://java.sun.com.
You will also need Java to run the Greenstone Librarian Interface, which
we recommend you use. (On Linux machines, you can run the
old Unix/Install.sh installer instead of the new setupLinux.bin if

We want to ensure that Greenstone works well for you. Please report any
problems to greenstone@cs.waikato.ac.nz, or on one of the Greenstone
mailing lists.

All the best,

On behalf of the Greenstone team

PS New versions of the Export collection package, Greenstone Language
Pack, and Mac OS X binary distribution will follow over the next couple
of weeks.