Ruby 1.9.3 approaches with RC1
The Ruby development team has issued the first release candidate for version 1.9.3 of its open source programming language. According to the developers, compared to the first preview from August, the RC1 for the next stable release doesn't include a lot of changes as it primarily focuses on fixing bugs. Provided no serious problems are found, the team say that final version of Ruby 1.9.3 should arrive within two weeks.
As previously reported, Ruby 1.9.3 will improve loading performance and will be released under a 2-clause BSD Licence and the Ruby Licence; current versions of Ruby were released under the GPLv2 and Ruby Licence. The developers note that there are still some minor known issues in the 1.9.3 RC1, adding that they will be fixed in the release version (1.9.3-p0). Use of development releases in production environments and on mission critical systems is not recommended; the most recent stable release is Ruby 1.9.2 from August 2010.
Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter. Further information about the release candidate can be found in the official announcement, in the change log and in the NEWS file. Source code for Ruby 1.9.3 RC1 is available as a bz2, a gzipped tar archive or as a zip archive.
- Ruby 1.9.2 released, a 2010 report from The H.