[Rubygems-developers] The Deal

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Fri Nov 19 05:31:04 EST 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM, Charley Baker <charley.baker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Honestly this is a general question for the Ruby community. I'd be
> interested if we have any stats on current usage. My guess is that
> this will slant towards high adoption of 1.8.6 for Windows users
> specifically as some guides mention still recommend this approach. The
> new Ruby Installer may not have the presence yet that the old one
> click installer had and there is a large installed base there. Luis,
> feel free to jump in and correct me if that doesn't hold true.

Yes, there is still a huge Ruby 1.8.6 installed base, not just
Windows, but server side.

I think that these system will not upgrade to newer installations of
RubyGems because these systems are locked to these specific versions
of Ruby (already working systems)

Neither they will upgrade to Rails 3 for example, as 1.8.6 has been
deprecated for them.

In the case of RubyInstaller, we provided 1.8.6 installations to ease
the match of version and functionality of these scenarios, but we were
considering dropping it's support moving forward and keep 1.8.7 for
1.8.x and 1.9.2 for future releases.

The only thing that needs to be solved for dropping 1.8.6 support is
ensure "gem update --system" will not try to install rubygems-update
on those systems.

Luis Lavena
Perfection in design is achieved not when there is nothing more to add,
but rather when there is nothing more to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

More information about the Rubygems-developers mailing list