Hello, and thank you for your getting into our community.
I know most of you more or less use version 1.8.7 of Ruby today. It was released in 2008 and was a state-of-art Ruby release back then. – I am proud to say it is no longer. Ruby's core developers have been actively working on their new version, 1.9, and they are about to release new 1.9.3. I have been using 1.9 for years and now I cannot go back to the days without it. Rich features. Faster execution. Rubygems integrated. Rails works perfectly. I cannot but say it is totally wonderful. Everyone please, use 1.9.
But at the same time I know you cannot switch to 1.9 right now for various reasons. Maybe you have already deployed your application with 1.8.7. Maybe you use a 3rd party library and that is for 1.8.7 only. Or maybe your Linux distribution only supports 1.8.7. So I hereby announce you how long you can stick to it. It is OK if you are using 1.8.7 today but after a while, it will be shut down.
Please be ready.
We continue to provide normal maintenance for 1.8.7 as usual, until June 2012. You can safely assume we provide bugfixes and no incompatibility shall be introduced.
After that we stop bugfixes. We still provide security fixes until June 2013, in case you are still using 1.8.7.
We will no longer support 1.8.7 in all senses after June 2013.
Posted by Urabe Shyouhei on 6 Oct 2011