JRuby 1.7.0 Drops Java 5 Support

Java 6+ is now the minimum requirement for the JRuby implementation

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JRuby, a 100% Java implementation of the Ruby programming language that provides a complete set of core "builtin" classes and syntax for the Ruby language, as well as most of the Ruby Standard Libraries, is now at version 1.7.0.

Highlights of JRuby 1.7.0:

• 1.9.3 is now our default runtime mode (–1.8 is needed for 1.8.7 support);

• Ruby standard library has been updated to 1.9.3p286;

• Many 1.9.x compatibility fixes have been implemented;

• Performance and concurrency improvements throughout the application;

• Java 5 support has been dropped and Java 6+ is required;

• All known 1.9 encoding issues have been resolved;

• Rubygems has been updated to version 1.8.24;

• Native features now better supported on Solaris, ARM Linux, and others.

A complete list of changes and bug fixes can be found in the official announcement.

Download JRuby 1.7.0 right now from Softpedia.