For those of you interested in such things, I am building a VMWare
machine with a complete LAMP stack plus Rails. The project is set up in
Rubyforge at http://rubyforge.org/projects/vgrails/. There’s not much
yet, but I expect to have something ready for folks to test towards the
April, 2006. The project name is “vgrails”, which stands for VMWare +
What’s in it?
A VMWare virtual machine. It will be distributed as a ZIP archive and
posted on the VMWare community virtual appliance site as soon as it’s
guess is that the ZIP file will be about CD-sized and the unzipped
machine will be about 1.5 GB, but I don’t have all the details yet.
Gentoo Linux 2006.0. There will be as much “testing” stuff in it as I
get, so I will definitely want people to break it.
Apache 2 and fastcgi
MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite3. I’m not planning to put the PHP-based
admin tools in it, but I’m open to advice to the contrary. unixODBC is
definitely in, however.
Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby and their Apache modules
Subversion, CVS and Trac for version control
rrdtool for performance counter logging and analysis
Rails. Right now I am expecting Rails 1.1.1 to show up in Gentoo very
which is the only piece I’m waiting for.
Numerous Gentoo utilities, including the utility that makes Live
I’m holding off on adding a desktop until I see how big everything is
get, but it will probably end up having X and one of the lighter Window
managers, and if I can stuff it in, VNC. If it gets a desktop it will
R, since a number of the Ruby folks are interested in R interfaces to
itself is fairly small.
I’m hoping to get it on line as soon as possible, because a few people
asked me to put together something like this so they can enter the
Virtual Appliance challenge with a Rails application. This is not going
my entry in the challenge, although everything in it will appear in my
don’t know at this point if I will even use Rails in my entry, since I’m
all an expert with it yet.