The bug is that an error would be raised while attempting to convert a template from one encoding to another. Please see http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/5564 for more details. The workaround is to load all conversions into memory ahead of time, and will only happen if the ruby version is *exactly* 1.9.3p0. The hope is obviously that the underlying problem will be resolved in the next patchlevel release of 1.9.3.
Reasons: * Markdown reads well as plain text, but can also be formatted. * It will make it easier for people to read on the web as Github formats the Markdown nicely. * It will encourage a level of consistency when people are writing CHANGELOG entries. The script used to perform the conversion is at https://gist.github.com/1339263