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Sat August 02, 2008
Programming

Asus Eee + Ubuntu + Rails

On thursday I bought myself an Asus Eee 900 - a tiny and cheap Linux powered laptop that is currently selling out in stores here in Sweden. I got a lot of attention in the office with this laptop and within a day it seemed every programmer in the office had an Eee on their desk.

I installed Ubuntu Eee and this was a huge improvement over the Linux OS that Asus provides. I am ashamed to admit that I haven't used Linux on the desktop for a long time and I was totally blown away by how advanced, slick, and user friendly Ubuntu has gotten.

Obviously, my ultimate goal was to install Ruby on Rails. At first I wanted to install from source in order to get an exact version and patch level of Ruby, namely the one that is officially recommended on ruby-lang.org. However, when attempting this various libraries were missing. I found a FiveRuns article listing the packages I needed but after I had installed them I ran into an issue with the MD5 library. In the end I resorted to using the ruby-full package which gives you the old tried and tested Ruby 1.8.6 patch level 111 (without the recent security patches). Here, roughly, are the steps I went through to set up my Rails environment:

  #####################################
  # RUBY
  #####################################

  sudo apt-get install ruby-full
  which ruby
  ruby -v
  # => ruby 1.8.6 (2007-09-24 patchlevel 111) [i486-linux]
  ruby -ropenssl -rzlib -rreadline -e "puts :success" 

  #####################################
  # RUBYGEMS
  #####################################

  # Get latest stable recommended release of RubyGems from rubygems.org
  wget http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/38646/rubygems-1.2.0.tgz
  tar xzf rubygems-1.2.0.tgz
  cd rubygems-1.2.0/
  sudo ruby setup.rb
  # Not sure if/why this step is necessary
  sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gem1.8 /usr/bin/gem
  which gem
  gem --version
  # => 1.2.0

  #####################################
  # MYSQL
  #####################################

  sudo aptitude install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient15-dev

  #####################################
  # Some useful Gems
  #####################################

  sudo gem install rails mongrel capistrano mysql

I haven't double checked those instructions for accuracy since I would have to re-install my OS to do that. If you find errors or have improvements, please let me know. Here is a sample of articles on the subject that you might want to check out if you want to dig deeper:

Comments

Mario said over 5 years ago:

You can also do berfore installing rails a "sudo gem update"

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vinicius said over 4 years ago:

love u :D
just what i needed and works fine
tnks a lot

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vinicius said over 4 years ago:

sry i dont find nothing about it, u FN buttons works? my dont oO

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