|Kostas (Gus) Nasis on 20 Aug 2007 03:07:40 -0000|
I've worked with Redhat, SUSE and Ubuntu and like Ubuntu the most and Redhat the least.
With Ubuntu you can install most of the things you'd need easily with apt (just type "apt-get install [ruby/apache/mysql/whatever]") and in general it's easy to use, easy to administer, and you don't have to be a Linux whiz to get started.
That said, I don't think any particular distro is inherently better or worse for Rails hosting. You can do the same things with all of them, and even if you have to install everything from source it's all pretty straightforward. Just pick any distrto and give it a whirl.
If you have Parallels or VMWare you can download ready-to-go "virtual appliances" for many of the popular distros. It's a cool way to evaluate different distros without spending alot of time installing each one. Check out http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/cat/45 or http://ptn.parallels.com/en/ptn/dir/?categ=5
i'm looking to grit my teeth into the world of Linux at the same time i'm learning Rails... i've been developing apps using Locomotive on my Mac to learn Rails and now i'm looking to get a "slice" on SliceHost to work on deployment and such.