Gentoo for Rails?

I'm curious to know why Gentoo is a very commonly used distro for the
Rails community. Any reasons for this?

I think you may have been misled. I mostly hear about Ubuntu, though I know
there are lots of deployments on RHEL and CentOS.

--Greg

I agree. I've not heard of a single Gentoo + Rails deployment, ever.
I'm sure some exist but no one is really blogging about them or
anything. Linux is 99% the same from distro to distro.. same gcc,
same glibc, same kernel, just slightly different versions. The major
difference is the package management, and that's a tiny, tiny piece of
the overall pie.

For what it's worth Engineyard use gentoo (but I agree that you hear
far more about people using ubuntu)

Fred

Ahh.. that explains why the prices are so high. Their electric bill
must be through the roof from all that compilation.

I had a much easier time installing rails on gentoo then ubuntu.

Of course on gentoo you have a lot more control over what's installed
with the price of knowing what to install.

Any distro will do though. I'd suggest looking into rvm as well.

I Work rails on my beauty Gentoo System, i find hard install rails over Ubuntu because you need know each package to install :-(, on Gentoo is easy.

gem update --system used to be forbidden on Debian and Debian-like
distros. (I don't know if this is still like this), this added to the
usually outdated ruby packages used to be a headache.
However, you can install the rubygems-update gem and update it with
sudo update_rubygems. And that solves all the problem.

Anyway, now with RVM, the distro should be irrelevant as long as it is
a "full" distro which grants you a decent package repository if you
need any dependency.

Please don't make it a flame war about linux distros.
To the OP, I really haven't heard about any Gentoo user in the rails
community so far, if I have to say there's a predminant OS in the
rails community that would be Mac OS. (And I don't know why either)

Cheers.

Please don’t make it a flame war about linux distros.

To the OP, I really haven’t heard about any Gentoo user in the rails

community so far, if I have to say there’s a predminant OS in the

rails community that would be Mac OS. (And I don’t know why either)

As a Mac OS X user I don’t particularly care about which distro to use (so I had no intention of making it a flame war), I was just trying to point out that it’s not that hard :slight_smile:

Cheers,

Andy

Yes really:

shell$ emerge rails

and the same commands

Anything but Windows. My company tried to get me to deploy on Win Server 2008. 3 days of hell… not just annoying hell, headbanging against wall hell. I dont think anyone could pay me to try that again. Ubuntu Server - 1/2 day. I am also sure Gentoo is better than Win :slight_smile:

Yeah i am sure about this… :smiley: Windows sucks.

I’m also love Gentoo, and my web server is Gentoo based. I’m new to Ruby and RoR at all (just a few hours!). Is it possible to use RoR 4 on Gentoo?

It’s possible to use even on Windows…
I dont know which kind of package managrr gentoo uses (apt, rpm, tarball only) but even if you dont had any… You could just install git and pull the sources of ruby or rails and install them…
It could be a bit painfull but possible