Ruby 1.8.6 has been released. (announced on [ruby-list:43267])

The source is available under three formats.

For a brief list of user visible changes and a full list of all changes since 1.8.5, see the bundled files named NEWS and ChangeLog, which are also available at the following locations:

After this announcement, we will start the development for 1.8.7 as well as maintaining the "ruby_1_8_6" branch on which only critical bugs and security vulnerabilities found in the 1.8.6 release are fixed, and patch releases will follow on appropriate and timely occasions. Please check them out after upgrading Ruby to 1.8.6.