We are happy to announce a new release of BitNami RubyStack. This version includes some significant improvements:
- A development release has been included. Since Ruby 1.9 and Rails 3 are bringing incredible performance boosts and exciting new features, we wanted to provide you with a tool to make it easy to quickly adapt your application to them and benefit from their improvements. We will keep this version up to date with latest releases so you can easily setup a fully working environment for your development and tests. That way, you will be ready to use them in your production environments as soon as a stable release is available.
- On the Windows side, we have switched to Mingw32 binaries for Ruby and the gems that require compilation. The primary benefit of this change is that it significantly improves performance. It will make Ruby BitNami Modules and your own application responses considerably faster. If you would like further information, an interesting comparison between different Ruby versions is available.
- Ruby has been switched to its MRI stable version 1.8.7-p249 in Linux and Windows and 1.8.7-p174 in OS X. We have done this in order to avoid SEGFAULT errors that have affected some of our users, especially in OS X, which is still affected by some bugs in the latest Ruby revisions.
- We have also spent some time reducing the size of the Stack binaries by removing unnecessary files to make them more manageable.
Other components have also been updated. You can view the full list of changes in the changelog.