Dear world at large,
In the spirit of "release early, release often", with special emphasis
on "early", we are making available to you RubyWorks 0.0.1.
RubyWorks is a yum repository (collection of binary RPM packages) that
provides all software components needed to host a Rails application on
a RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 or CentOS 4, pre-configured and ready to
Usage scenario for this product is as follows:
1. Point your package manager (up2date or yum) to
2. Type "up2date rubyworks" ("yum install rubyworks" on CentOS)
3. Sit back and relax. Two minutes later you can browse to
http://localhost:3001 and see a Welcome To Rails page, served by a
cluster of four Mongrels, running in production mode, proxied behind
HAProxy and monitored by monit.
4. Automatically get upgrades, bug fixes and security patches, tested
for backward-compatibility with a specific minor version of Rails (1.2
5. Live happily ever after...
As the version number (and, indeed, the title of this message)
suggests, this is an early release. Our primary intention is that
people who have a need for something like this have something to look
at and tell us about anything wrong or missing.
On the other hand, it works as advertised on developers' computers, so
if you need to deploy Rails on CentOS or RHEL today, you now have a
choice of spending half a day to set everything up manually, or half
an hour to install RubyWorks.
Further details are at http://rubyworks.rubyforge.org
If you are attending RailsConf this weekend, and want to talk about
this project, feel free to seek me out in corridors, or leave me a
note at ThoughtWorks booth. Especially if you think that RubyWork
sucks - I will be delighted to hear about it. Honestly, that's what
versions 0.0.1 are for.
I'm also doing a talk on Saturday in Products & Services track, which
will cover hows, whys and the bright future of RubyWorks (hint: it's
not just a bunch of RPMs and a phone number, nor a rerun of J2EE in
With crossed fingers,