The Ruby version in the Dreamhost servers is 1.8.7, it's a 3 years old, and a lot of changes in both functionality and speed have happened in Ruby since then, specially from 1.8.x to 1.9.x. And the Rails version is 2.0.2, the current release is 3.1.3.
Having to compile our own passenger version is really a pain in the... and using the standalone Rails server uses up a lot more RAM than it should need using the default passenger in Apache. Besides the fact that shared hosting plans won't even have an option to use Ruby 1.9.x and Rails 3.x.
So, here is my question... is there any intention in a near future to update Ruby and Rails? How much longer will we have to wait?