The first production-release of Ruby 1.9 has seen the light!
After years of hard work, the 1.9.x branch has become the new production branch of Ruby, and Ruby 1.9.1 replaces 1.8.7 as the latest stable release of Matz’s Ruby interpreter.
Notice that Ruby 1.8 still remains. 1.8.8 will be released this year.
Of course, since this is a major release, you’ll have to wait a bit until apps and gems catch up.
Here’s a link to Ruby benchmarks made two month ago.
Oh yeah, Ruby is slow, Ruby frameworks are slow, PHP is so much faster than Ruby… or not.