Jerome,

Can you do the release of 4.0.0-alpha1?

The idea is:
1. we create a 4.0.0 release
2. we call the tar.gz 4.0.0-alpha1.tar.gz
3. on sourceforge it must be with UNSTABLE release
3. in _all_ our communication we mention:

"UNSTABLE Gramps 4.0.0 Alpha release. This is a technology preview to allow plugin writers and packagers-installer writers to update their plugins and scripts. This release is not production ready, so use for testing!"

Further info for the release message:

It is recommended to use Gramps 4.0.0 with python 3.2 so as to be ready for the future (python 2.7 works though).

The dependencies for Gramps 4.0.0 are _completely_ different than 3.4 due to the switch to GObject introspection, and the removal of autotools. So only install 4.0.0 if you are certain you can obtain the dependencies, see README and INSTALL.
For linux, in Ubuntu 12.10 you can install 4.0.0, but you will need to compile and install osmgpsmap manually to have the maps working (see http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=GEPS_029:_GTK3-GObject_introspection_Conversion#OsmGpsMap_for_Geography )

Major enhancements in Gramps 4.0.0:

* GEP 29: Gtk 3 :http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=GEPS_029:_GTK3-GObject_introspection_Conversion

* GEP 31: Python 3 support: http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=GEPS_031:_Python_3_support

* GEP 26: Replace make: http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=GEPS_026:_Replace_%27make%27_for_Gramps_build

More info in the manual http://www.gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Gramps_4.0_Wiki_Manual_-_What%27s_new%3F
Everybody is invited to update the manual to make it current!

Greetings,
Benny