Which flavor of Linux should I use for a Rails dev box?

Hey everyone,

I'm looking to set up a development server for my Rails project and have
a shiny new hard drive. Which version of Linux is the best to use?
Or does it not really matter?

Thanks in advance for any help.

I am partial to Ubuntu Server 10.04 (current version). Given, I was new to Linux the first time I set it up for a production server and overall pretty easy to deal with.

I'm looking to set up a development server for my Rails project and have
a shiny new hard drive. Which version of Linux is the best to use?

I use Debian.

Or does it not really matter?

Versioning aside, every Linux OS looks 99.99% identical compared to
any other.. same glibc, same gcc, same Linux kernel.

I find it's the package manager that makes me like to use a certain
flavor of Linux or not. I like dpkg/apt, so I like Debian and it's
family of off-shoots like Ubuntu. I hate rpm with every bone in my
body, so I steer clear of RedHat, Fedora, Suse, and Mandake (or
whatever they're calling it this week), etc.

One thing I also always look for is if it makes me install an X server
or not. If it does then I'd never use it. I like my development
machines to be headless, giving all the cpu and memory to my
development.

Debian has superior package management (<http://debian.org>,
<http://www.debian.org/misc/children-distros>) and a very large
collection of packages.

There is, by definition, little or no difference between
distributions with respect to Rails. You install the same gems.

/Allan

Jeff Mapleberry wrote:

Hey everyone,

I'm looking to set up a development server for my Rails project and have
a shiny new hard drive. Which version of Linux is the best to use?
Or does it not really matter?

Thanks in advance for any help.

I use Ubuntu. In general, it doesn't seem to matter much; pick a distro
you otherwise like.

Best,