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Folks,

I am pleased to announce that the very first preview of Ruby 1.8.7 has
finally been released.  The new version of Ruby includes many bug
fixes, lots of feature enhancements and some performance improvements
since 1.8.6 while maintaining stability and backward compatibility
with the previous release to a high degree.

The source code package is available in three formats at the following
locations:

	ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.bz2
	ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.gz
	ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.zip

Checksums:

	MD5 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.bz2)  916996720d8891f4f0bf0c9fbb5bb6c
	SHA256 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.bz2)  432ab1ab9b4570c0b7fe5c0c2730de0fda4c49a47811ea3a9170a311cf110b9
	SIZE (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.bz2)  007006

	MD5 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.gz)  22b8a1dffb04984a602d1d85b355a1a
	SHA256 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.gz)  9f17c9546a61dddf1a44d5f9b460e34a01440195b5375ce70000f89fa425f68
	SIZE (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.tar.gz)  705632

	MD5 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.zip)  754af64daa0613055b58813da50cd7d
	SHA256 (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.zip)  5fbbf34f04a750cf72d5e9a8a23412a57fd933dd077d3f23fd7be62e3478b32
	SIZE (ruby-1.8.7-preview1.zip)  788496

For a brief list of user visible changes and a full list of all
changes, see the bundled files named NEWS and ChangeLog, which are
also available at the following locations:

	http://svn.ruby-lang.org/repos/ruby/tags/v1_8_7_preview1/NEWS
	http://svn.ruby-lang.org/repos/ruby/tags/v1_8_7_preview1/ChangeLog

Please test it out and drop us a report in the following tracker if
you find any problem:

	http://rubyforge.org/tracker/?atid"040&group_idB6&funcwse

Some known problems are on the list and when you find one it may be
fixed already, so please look through all items querying with "State"
set to "Any" before submitting a new one.

The next preview is planned on next Saturday. (This time I will keep
the schedule!)

Regards,

--
Akinori MUSHA / http://akinori.org/

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