The fabled 2.3 beta release of GemStone/S 64 is finally available for download (contact Monty Williams or send mail for download instructions) .

The beta includes the following features:

  1. Primitive support for UTF8 encoding (100x faster than Smalltalk-based algorithm).
  2. Primitive support for HTML encoding.
  3. Thread local support for GsProcess and continuations. Thread locals are being used in Seaside2.9.
  4. Improved ProfMonitor output code moved from GLASS-only to base image.

The beta is shipped with GLASS.230-dkh.130 and GemStone-dkh.270 (both can be found in the GLASS project on GemSource). GLASS.230-dkh.130 is equivalent to GLASS-dkh.114, except for references to the UTF8 and HTML encoding primitives.

A version of the appliance based upon 2.3 beta 1 will be available shortly.