Linux distros

Is there any particular distro that seems to be most used among RoR
developers on Linux? Any that might provide better support somehow for
development of RoR apps?

Not sure about what anyone else uses but Ubuntu Dapper has everything
you need so long as you install all the ruby packages / db stuff, then
install gem from “source” and then gem install rails.

I’ve had no problems with this setup at all.

Hope that helps,

Nicholas

This question re-surfaced periodically. A search of the archives will
show
that a variety of OS’s are used for a variety of reasons. There is even
a
Rails LiveCD project who’s goal is to provide everything you need to
develop
rails in one place.

That said, I have tried several flavors, and have found Fedora Core 5 to
be
the easiest to get rails up and running on. It comes with Ruby, MySQL5,
and
PostGresQL 8. Does a good job of recognizing hardware. The rpm package
manager ‘yum’, is easy to use. RadRails, (with, or without Eclipse),
provides a robust IDE.

My 2 cents. Then again, your mileage may vary :slight_smile:
-Larry

Gentoo works great for Rails. Package management is similar to te
freebsd ports system. It is very developer friendly :slight_smile:

Nate wrote:

Is there any particular distro that seems to be most used among RoR
developers on Linux? Any that might provide better support somehow for
development of RoR apps?

My personal favorite is Ubuntu for development and Debian for production
use but I install Ruby/Rails from source on both. I find it to be a
much freindlier environment for a ruby applications.

Thanks for the input everyone.

Regarding the Rails LiveCD: Which distro does it use?

Debian seems to be pretty popular for Rails production server. Since
Ubuntu is debian-based (right?), then perhaps that is a good choice.

Nate wrote:

Is there any particular distro that seems to be most used among RoR
developers on Linux? Any that might provide better support somehow for
development of RoR apps?

The jury is still out. I use debian, but you have to go beyond stable to
get the latest ruby. This is true of most of the major distros where
stability is more important than bleeding edge. SuSE 10.0 ships with an
old Ruby, 10.1 is more up to date. I don’t know about Fedora, as I
haven’t tried Red Hat since version 4.2 (nothing against Red Hat, I just
never needed more than debian).

Ezra Z. did a great walk through on his blog for debian:

You can try the Linux live cd:
http://www.railslivecd.org/
(It is PC Linux OS based, and usable, even though it is in version
0.1.1)

This will give you a recent kernel, recent Rails and Ruby, RadRails and
more stuff.

Ubuntu may be popular, because it is popular in general!It always has
leading edge stuff available through the backports.

Slackware and Gentoo based distros are always a good choice for
developers who are not afraid of compiling things.

If you have experience with a distro, use that distro.

Otherwise try out the live cd.

Nate wrote:

Thanks for the input everyone.

Regarding the Rails LiveCD: Which distro does it use?

Debian seems to be pretty popular for Rails production server. Since
Ubuntu is debian-based (right?), then perhaps that is a good choice.

it is based on PC Linux OS:
http://www.pclinuxos.com/

pclos for short. A few years ago a hacker named Texstar took a live
mandrake distro, polishihed the kernel and added synaptic and a whole
lot of other goodies.

The rails live cd should work with all of the pclos packages.

It is really easy to make live cd’s with pclos. Texstar have created a
slimmed down version called “minime” that lets you build from a small
selection and add what you want. (http://www.capnkirby.com/MiniME.html)

In terms of the live cd, the distro is less important. It just works.

Ubuntu 6.06 is awesome for Rails. It’s really simple to set up.

Ubuntu Dapper for me. A snap to set up.

A second to Fedora Core 5! To set up an RoR dev environment, I did
only yum’s and gem’s and don’t remember I did any make’s, unlike in FC4.

Sending 2 cents to Larry. :slight_smile:

Larry K. wrote:

This question re-surfaced periodically. A search of the archives will
show
that a variety of OS’s are used for a variety of reasons. There is even
a
Rails LiveCD project who’s goal is to provide everything you need to
develop
rails in one place.

That said, I have tried several flavors, and have found Fedora Core 5 to
be
the easiest to get rails up and running on. It comes with Ruby, MySQL5,
and
PostGresQL 8. Does a good job of recognizing hardware. The rpm package
manager ‘yum’, is easy to use. RadRails, (with, or without Eclipse),
provides a robust IDE.

My 2 cents. Then again, your mileage may vary :slight_smile:
-Larry

With Ubuntu, do you still go thru installing Ruby, gem, rmagick,
etc…from source, or are there packages that “just work” and are at
the latest versions?

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On 7-Jul-06, at 6:53 PM, Rob S. wrote:

With Ubuntu, do you still go thru installing Ruby, gem, rmagick,
etc…from source, or are there packages that “just work” and are at
the latest versions?

Ignore the Rails package on Dapper. It’s borked. Ruby 1.8.4 is
already there, so is rmagick; you’ll need to download and install
Ruby Gems yourself. Once Gems is installed, installing Rails is a
breeze.

That said, I usually just download and compile everything from source.

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On 7/8/06, Jeffrey H. [email protected] wrote:

On Fri, Jul 07, 2006 at 05:53:44PM -0500, Rob S. wrote:

With Ubuntu, do you still go thru installing Ruby, gem, rmagick,
etc…from source, or are there packages that “just work” and are at
the latest versions?

there are os native packages for ruby (1.8.2, or 1.9 for the brave)
rmagick,
mysql, and a bunch of other extension libraries. ( lib.*-ruby )

I installed Gem from source, and use that to install the various gems,
since there isn’t a native rubygems package ( yet. It seems that there
is
a package of rubygems 0.8.11 in debian’s ‘experimental’ section
http://packages.debian.org/experimental/interpreters/rubygems )

Nate,

I’am using Suse 10.1 and Ruby R. works fine.
You can also install Suse on an USB drive.

Luc.

On 9 Jul 2006 01:06:52 -0000, BA Baracus
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Chalk my vote up for Ubuntu. I was a long time Red Hat guy…then a
long(?) time Fedora guy, then a short-time UserLinux guy, and
finally…and Ubuntu guy.

Ubuntu (thanks to Debian) is by far the most easy to use…you will
become completely addicted to apt. yum is a childs toy in comparison.
Additionally, Ubuntu typically just works, which is a really nice
feeling.

I’m using it for both desktops and servers, and am extremely happy.
We’re also transitioning to it at my day job.

B.A.

B.A. Baracus: I thought you weren’t crazy no more?
Murdock: Only on paper.

Nate wrote:

Is there any particular distro that seems to be most used among RoR
developers on Linux? Any that might provide better support somehow for
development of RoR apps?

I’m using Arch at home and Debian at work . In both , Rails works fine .

P.S. I didn’t compile anything ))

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