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The current version of Ruby in natty is 1.9.2 p0. The current version is p290, which is the second release after p0. So if Ruby used normal versioning it would be (or really, 2.2.3, but let's not get into that).

Anyway -- is it likely that later ruby releases will make their way into natty?

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The ruby package in ubuntu depends on the debian one. And usually it's not the last one.

You can search for the rubys PPAs in launchpad and see if someone has packaged the last versions

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thanks! questions: 1. what's the relevant debian thing to check? does each ubuntu release use what's in debian unstable? 2) how do i search for ruby PPAs? – John Bachir Aug 1 '11 at 15:22
1) if the package name doesn't contain the "ubuntu" string in it, then they just use the same package that is in debian unstable. If you see the "ubuntu" string is because it has ubuntu's developer hacks (minor or major) on it. 2) just google "ruby ppa" however I've done a search and seems that there used to be ppas for ruby but that all of them are discontinued. If you have time to cooperate you can port the last version of ruby to a deb package and upload as your own PPA to benefit other users :-) – hmontoliu Aug 1 '11 at 15:32
hmmm, search for "ruby1.9 ppa" and you'll get more results. A ppa is a personal package so use it with caution – hmontoliu Aug 1 '11 at 15:37
debian testing has p180, unstable has p290 -- is there any principle/pattern that would suggest if either of them make it into natty, or if they will go into the next ubuntu only? – John Bachir Aug 1 '11 at 15:42
As I said: Version will not change officially. You can have unofficial ones via PPA as this answer explains. Unofficial packages may be in any version (soon). – mailq Aug 1 '11 at 15:51

Sorry, the version of Ruby in natty is 1.8 ( See

The same goes for Debian.

There is likely no way that the maintainers do a major (or minor) update in their current versions. All you get from Debian or Canonical are security fixes for the current version which do not change the version number.

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there's a 1.8 and 1.9 package :-D – John Bachir Aug 1 '11 at 15:40
Ok. Thank you. But it is in "universe", so not officially supported. – mailq Aug 1 '11 at 15:48
ahhh, okay, didn't realize – John Bachir Aug 1 '11 at 15:50

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