I forgot that I used the handle appleii717 on this site.
That’s because in early 1978 I bought an Apple II serial # 717. That more or less changed my life. I went from an Air Force aircraft mechanic to a Navigator to a IT manager over the next 30+ years. Most of it as a hobbist! Needless to say I’ve been playing with Rails since version 0.9.
Maybe I’ll post something someplace at sometime on the history. Rails has been a hobby for me. I’ve created hundreds of private apps over the years. A few before I retired in 2010 and more after I didn’t have anything to do!
Around 2010 I joined the VFW and was appointed Quartermaster (e.g, bookkeeper). I couldn’t deal with paper ledgers and wrote a double entry accounting app. I also wrote a rails based web site for the Post. I also started playing golf again and wrote a golf group scoring app. At first they were just on my Mac, but decided to put them on a Digital Ocean VPS. That was a pain! I did that because I didn’t want to be the only one that put in the golf scores and update the VFW ledger.
About 5 years later I updated the VPS to Ubuntu 18.02. This was a new VPS with stuff ported over - another pain.
So my VFW is almost dead - COVID killed a bar that was just existing. We sold the building before COVID hit but now have no place to meet or anything to do. So now I’ll be down to just the golf group app.
I wanted to upgrade Ubuntu on the VPS but DO suggested creating and new VPN and porting applications to it. I started that last week, but am about to give up. Created a new server using their Rails 1 click. That semi worked except they used rvm and I use rbenv. I ditched rvm and tried porting a few apps. It was a week of push the car back up the hill and see if the brakes fail again. I can hardly remember what I came into a room for, let alone remember how I created the DO VPS. Getting old is getting old and I’m 79!
I’ve updated Ubuntu before (locally on a staging server) and made it through the process. I mean there is nothing on the VPS but Rails. I figure I can do a Snapshot (which I have no idea on how to do and replace it if the upgrade fails!).
What I am asking for is advice/opinions on whether to continue the porting or upgrading Ubuntu to at least 20.02.
My other option is just to leave it alone - but Rails may break it at some point.