lighttpd vs. mongrel?

Which one is faster? Are there certain circumstances where one is
faster than another? Which one is harder to setup on a shared host?
Do most shared hosts support Mongrel?

Thanks,
Ben Lisbakken

Which one is faster?

standalone, lighttpd should be faster, but i dont think apache2.2+mod_prox_balancer + mongrel_cluster is faster than lighty. lighty’s mod_proxy is broken, but they’re working on it.

Are there certain circumstances where one is
faster than another? Which one is harder to setup on a shared host?

Do most shared hosts support Mongrel?

on a shared host, you’ll have to take what they have. if they have no rails support, you wont gonna have rails support (unless you know the admin)