FAI (Fully Automatic Installation) is a non-interactive system to avoid the boring and repeating task of installing, customizing and managing Linux systems manually. FAI is used for maintaining chroot environments, virtual machines as well as physical boxes in setups ranging from a few single systems up to deployments of large-scale infrastructures and clusters with several thousands of systems.
JRuby 1.4RC1 is out and brings 1.8.7 compatibility, improved Java integration, a Windows installer, a new YAML parser as well as a new embedding API.
Luis Lavena is working on an update to the Ruby installer for Windows, including a new Ruby binary built with a modern compiler. Benchmarks show Ruby 1.8.6 running more than twice as fast than previously. We talked to Luis Lavena about the new Ruby Installer.
Sun's JRuby team, Charles Nutter, Tom Enebo, Nick Sieger, will leave Sun and join EngineYard, where they'll continue work on JRuby. YAML support was improved with Ola Bini's work on a new YAML parser. Also: a look at how to run JRuby under OSGi and the upcoming JRuby Installer.
Microsoft has made available the Web Platform Installer, aka Web PI, a tool used to install the entire Microsoft web platform including: IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition, .NET Framework.
FiveRuns, an enterprise Rails company, have built an installer for Ruby and associated packages.