Best Linux Distro for Rails App?

After a bad experience trying to get even the simplest Rails
application running at Lunarpages, I'm moving to Slicehost. Does
anyone have an opinion as to which of their Linux distros to use for a
fairly high-traffic Rails site? They offer CentOS, Debian 5, Fedora
(10 to 12), Gentoo, Red Hat EL 5, and Ubuntu (8 and 9).

While we're on the subject, does anyone have any opinions as to the
relative merits of Slicehost versus Amazon WS?

Thanks!

Robert wrote:


After a bad experience trying to get even the simplest Rails
application running at Lunarpages, I'm moving to Slicehost. Does
anyone have an opinion as to which of their Linux distros to use for a
fairly high-traffic Rails site? They offer CentOS, Debian 5, Fedora
(10 to 12), Gentoo, Red Hat EL 5, and Ubuntu (8 and 9).
While we're on the subject, does anyone have any opinions as to the
relative merits of Slicehost versus Amazon WS?
Thanks!

I would choose based on my own knowledge and experience with the
various distributions. You will be managing it yourself so you will
have to know how the system handles things and this range of systems
have a variety of ways of configuring subsystems managing the details
of a computer. Personally I would probably go with Ubuntu but that is
because I have more documentation on that system and a fair amount of
experience with the management of those systems.

The kernel and most of the utilities will be about the same but how
system admin works is a big variable.

Hi Robert,

I use two separate distros at slicehost for my sites. I use CentOS and
Ubuntu. I found their documentation and setup procedures for Ubuntu
easiest to deal with and preferred Ubuntu because I like using apt-get
versus yum. It really comes down to what distro you are more familiar
with. CentOS is great for people that use RedHat and Ubuntu is great
for people that aren't all that familiar with linux and need more
step-by-step guides.

You can't go wrong with either though and slicehost is a great provider.
If you don't like slicehost, you could go to heroku which has a beta
cloud setup now where you can build your app in the cloud or import your
app into the cloud. I'm still not happy with the beta app for heroku
although it has a lot of promise in the future.