Advice to setup a rails development box

Hi,
I am now starting developing in Rails full time. To be more
effective, I want to use one of my old laptops as a server running
rails, source control, database server and other tools.

My ideal setup is to have all the configurations on that system and to
open ssh terminals into it. I will keep the old laptop running
always.

I am seeking advice on the following:

  1. What distro linux is best for Rails, right now I have ubuntu server
    on it.
  2. How to I enable remote logging to this machine. (Like I can login
    to a dedicated server with a hosting company)
  3. This laptop has 512 MB ram and 2.2 GHZ is that speed ok?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 6:27 PM, ProlificCoder
[email protected] wrote:

I am seeking advice on the following:

  1. What distro linux is best for Rails, right now I have ubuntu server
    on it.
    Any linux distro should be fine as long as you maintain your gems via
    the gem command. I strongly recommend you not to rely on distros
    packages for gems, specially on Ubuntu or Debian like, since they
    might get old soon.
  2. How to I enable remote logging to this machine. (Like I can login
    to a dedicated server with a hosting company)
    Install openssh package, I think in Ubuntu is openssh-server or
    something like that, then start the deamon and configure it to run at
    startup (really don’t remember how you should do that on Ubuntu, I’m
    not an Ubuntu’s user)
  1. This laptop has 512 MB ram and 2.2 GHZ is that speed ok?
    Might be a bit short, I would recommedn at least 1Gb, but it should
    work, maybe it will seem a bit slow, specially if you will be running
    all the services there.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
You’re welcome. Hope it helps :slight_smile:
BTW, this is just my 2 cents, you should wait for more answers and
evaluate them all.


Leonardo M…
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On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM, ProlificCoder
[email protected] wrote:

  1. What distro linux is best for Rails, right now I have ubuntu server

Doesn’t matter. 99% of the software you find inside will be the same.
Every Linux distro uses the same glibc, same gcc, same Linux kernel,
only difference being the packages are slightly different versions
based on when the distro was published.

The big difference in Linux distros is the package management. Your
two main options are rpm or dpkg. I prefer dpkg, so I always use
Debian for my servers and Ubuntu for my desktops.

on it.
2. How to I enable remote logging to this machine. (Like I can login
to a dedicated server with a hosting company)

apt-get install openssh-server


Greg D.
http://destiney.com/

Greg D. wrote:

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM, ProlificCoder
[email protected] wrote:

  1. What distro linux is best for Rails, right now I have ubuntu server

Doesn’t matter. 99% of the software you find inside will be the same.
Every Linux distro uses the same glibc, same gcc, same Linux kernel,
only difference being the packages are slightly different versions
based on when the distro was published.

The big difference in Linux distros is the package management. Your
two main options are rpm or dpkg. I prefer dpkg, so I always use
Debian for my servers and Ubuntu for my desktops.

Likewise, almost. I use Ubuntu for everything. (Well, when I have to
use desktop Linux, which I don’t like that much. I actually mostly work
on a Mac.)

on it.
2. How to I enable remote logging to this machine. (Like I can login
to a dedicated server with a hosting company)

apt-get install openssh-server

Which I think is part of the Ubuntu Server distro.


Greg D.
http://destiney.com/

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

I am not sure which linux is best for rails.
But my personal opinion is that Ubuntu rocks! I have surely never had a
problem I couldn’t solve :slight_smile: in the last 4 years.

Thanks & Regards,
Dhruva S…

Mike Ditka http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mike_ditka.html

“If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms.”

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM, Marnen Laibow-Koser <

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