I’m very pleased to announce the release of RubyInstaller packages for
As usual, installer and 7z-packages are available at RubyInstaller
and RubyForge for download:
For verification, MD5 signatures are provided:
Installer is also digitally signed to avoid alterations and UAC
You can read Ruby 1.9.2-p0 announcement and release notes at ruby-talk:
= What is new?
Beyond what is covered by Ruby itself, we have our own set of
== Updated compiler toolchain to GCC 4.5.0
We thought was about time to upgrade our toolchain from GCC 3.4.5
We have been testing extensively not only Ruby compilation but it’s
dependencies and gems with good results.
It is now time to make those changes official. Starting this release,
upcoming versions of RubyInstaller packages will be based in GCC 4.5.0
== Road to a better Development Kit
One common complain we hear about our DevKit is the complicated steps
to get it working.
We started the work towards an installer that follows the simplified
RubyInstaller itself and aims to provide the smoothest solution as
While the work on this installer is not completed yet, we have made
a self-extracting package (SFX) that – with some easy to follow steps
install the newer DevKit into all detectable Ruby installations.
SFX packages are available at GitHub:
Please read the installation instructions in our wiki:
After its installation, you will see a similar output when installing
gem install json --platform=ruby
Temporarily enhancing PATH to include DevKit…
Building native extensions. This could take a while…
Successfully installed json-1.4.6
1 gem installed
Please remember some gems require 3rd party development components
and such). Check each gem documentation for details.
= Exciting times ahead of us
We strongly believe that mainstream Ruby adoption requires its best
All the improvements listed above and the ones covered over past months
an eager Windows community willing to play and adopt Ruby as language.
There are more things to be done to improve this, but people is getting
hands dirty and helping out others.
Most important, this wouldn’t be possible without the timeless
contributions of Ruby developers that believe in making Windows a usable
As Yehuda K. said in his RailsConf 2010 keynote:
“Find something impossible, then do it”