Ruby-GNOME2 is a multiplatform, free and open source project that provides a collection of Ruby language bindings for developing application under the GNOME 2.0 graphical desktop environment.
The next-gen Ruby-GNOME
It is the next-generation Ruby-GNOME software, engineered in such a way that it supports both GTK2 and GTK3 GUI toolkits, containing bindings for many of the core GNOME libraries, as well as for some less common ones.
Comprises of many useful libraries
The Ruby-GNOME2 package comprises of many useful libraries, among which we can mention ruby-gtk2, ruby-gtk3, as well as ruby-gnome2-all. The rbbr program, a Ruby browser utility, is also part of the Ruby-GNOME2 project.
Getting started with Ruby-GNOME2
It is quite simple to install the Ruby-GNOME2 software on a GNU/Linux operating system using nothing but the source package. Just download the latest release from either Softpedia or the project’s website, save the archive on your Home directory, and uncompress it with an archive manager utility.
Open a Terminal app, add the location of the extracted archive files to the ‘cd’ command (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/ruby-gnome2-all-2.2.4) and run the ‘rake’ command to compile all the tools and libraries included in the package. However, we strongly recommend you to install it via the built-in Software Center app of your distribution of GNU/Linux.
Under the hood
Taking a look under the hood of the Ruby-GNOME2 project, we can notice that it has been written in the Ruby and C programming languages. We have successfully tested the software on computers supporting either of the 32 or 64-bit instruction set architectures.
Runs on Linux, BSD and Windows
Being designed from the ground up to be cross-platform, the Ruby-GNOME2 software is compatible with all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as with the FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows operating systems.