Hi everybody. I’m still kind of a newbie at anything that exists at a
lower level than the OS, but my company wants to set up a server for the
rails apps that I will shortly be developing for them. Most of the
functions will be only in-house, but some are meant to be accessible by
clients, so I need to set something up that will be strong enough to
handle a little bit of traffic.
So here is my question: What do you recommend as the best or ideal
setup for your apps? Like, right now, they’re running Fedora Core 2 on a
Dell Poweredge 1300 , running some web server I don’t know about (I’m
not officially in the loop yet) to handle static HTML pages.
I’m pretty much stabbing in the dark, but I’m guessing I will need to
install some kind of Linux somewhere on the machine or in a separate
drive and then use Mongrel or Lighttpd or both (do I need both running
at the same time? Does one run off the other? or can I just use one?) to
serve the application. Then I have to learn about networking and figure
out how we can keep one function inside while allowing another function
to go outside. But don’t worry about that.
So my boss is asking me which distribution of Linux is the best, and
since I don’t even know if there is a best distribution for Rails
apps, I need to find some smart people to ask. i.e. you.
So what do you use? Recommend? Warn people away from? What would you do
if you had a machine that you could configure any way you wanted?