ActiveState Releases Beta Commercial Distribution for Ruby, Bridging Gap Between ‘Innovation Market’ and Established Enterprises

Vancouver, BC – July 27, 2017 – ActiveState®, the open source languages company, today announced the beta release of its new commercially supported Ruby distribution, ActiveRuby™. Based on Ruby version 2.3.4, ActiveRuby provides all the best gems out-of-the-box for easy installation, development and deployment of Ruby applications. To participate in the ActiveRuby beta:

Ruby has been a popular language used on public clouds, but now with ActiveRuby’s ease of installation and gem management, ActiveState is making it easy for enterprise developers to adopt Ruby internally to host web applications behind the firewall.

ActiveRuby includes over 40 of the most popular gems and frameworks, including Rails and Sinatra. In addition, ActiveRuby offers seamless installation and management of Ruby on Windows, reducing configuration time and increasing developer and IT productivity in order to deliver applications to market faster.

According to Gartner, “Ruby is a strong and up-and-coming language among forward-thinking Application Development (AD) organizations…[and] is playing a key role in the ‘innovation market’ with many open-source projects pushing new ways to automate various development tasks.”

“For enterprises looking to accelerate innovation without compromising on security, ActiveRuby gives developers the much-needed commercial-grade distribution. Through pre-beta feedback we’ve focused on easing the gem management and Windows installation pains, and inclusion of the best non-GPL license gems. ActiveRuby will be a serious advantage to enterprise development teams,” says Jeff Rouse, Director of Product Management, ActiveState.

Gems precompiled in ActiveRuby include all the major libraries for database connectors including MongoDB, Cassandra, PostgreSQL, Redis, and MySQL; testing with Cucumber and simplecov for code coverage; and cloud deployment and integrations with AWS.

ActiveRuby Beta is currently available for Windows and will be available for Linux and MacOS later in 2017.

Developers can download the Beta and submit feedback and suggestions for a chance to win an ActiveState t-shirt:

About ActiveState:

ActiveState, the Open Source Languages Company, provides enterprise grade programming language distributions backed with cross-platform consistency, commercial technical support, security reviews, license reviews, and indemnification. ActiveState’s products and services directly address the challenges faced by enterprises transitioning into digital and algorithmic businesses.

Founded in 1997, ActiveState is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through its experience with enterprises, developers and codes. The Company’s products include ActivePerl®, ActivePython®, ActiveTcl®, and ActiveGo™, and the popular Komodo IDE® development environment. More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies including Bank of America, CA, Cisco, Pepsi, Lockheed Martin and NASA use ActiveState’s solutions to save time, minimize risk and accelerate time to market. To learn more, visit

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Jesse Casman for ActiveState

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