About ready to ditch rails

I know all of you are really dedicated to rails. But the fact is I've
become really exasperated with it lately.
Ever since the move to Rails 2.1, I've had sooo many problems just
getting a functioning Rails stack.
Its really exasperating when you spend most of your development time
trying to actually get a setup working instead of programming.

Basically, I have a problem with rubygems. The only way I've been
able to get rubygems to work has been installing an older version of
it.

Whenever I install it now, I get a 'gem original require' error,
either at line 9 or 27. I'm running debian linux.

Right now, its telling me:
/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:9:in `require': no such file to load --
rbconfig (LoadError)
  from /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/rubygems.rb:9
  from /usr/bin/gem:9:in `require'
  from /usr/bin/gem:9

I'm sorry to rant--I just haven't been able to get the gem package
manager to work without a hassle for a long time. Its just so
frustrating that I'm thinking of switching to a more reliable
platform. I've gotten past this error at some point, but every! time
I try and set up a development environment this happens and I lose
time trying to figure out what is wrong.

Ron

For starters, googling this error turned up what seems to be a good solution: http://groups.google.com/group/ruby-talk-google/browse_thread/thread/f374601eca13d97f

Secondly, if you're having problems, talk to somebody. The IRC channel is active 99.999% of the time at irc.freenode.net #rubyonrails, if you can't get on then use a web-based client like http://mibbit.com. Alternatively, post on the google group (this one) with your error and you'll have a crack team of uber-smart people attempt to (and usually succeed in) solving it.

I think it's just that you miss that same step every time. Don't get angry and stressed (that's what got me "fired" from my last job), just ask for help, please?