There's been a lot of talk about server scaling, deployment woes, shared hosts, VPS setups, etc. on this list. So, I thought I'd throw in a question of my own.
I have an old Thinkpad lying around in my collection of odds and ends... it's an 800 MHz Pentium III with 384MB of RAM and a 12GB hard disk. It's not doing much, so I'm tempted to ask. Would it make sense to revive this machine as a setup for serving one or more Rails applications within an Intranet environment?
I don't mind changing the hard drive (though I know 12GB is enough for most things right now) but I am averse to upgrading the RAM (old RAM is *really* expensive). I was thinking of grabbing either the Ubuntu 6.06 Server CD or the Rails Live CD (was it being done by Ezra? Is it ready?) and using that as the base (I am hoping that the hardware in the Thinkpad will all be detected).
Does anyone have any experience or opinion about things that may get in the way?