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As you may know, we recently released BitNami RubyStack 2.0, which includes a number of updates and enhancements. The primary changes are the addition of Ruby Enterprise for OS X and Linux and Phussion Passenger configured by default with Apache and Nginx. We have also improved performance and streamlined the deployment process.

If you haven’t experimented with Ruby on Rails yet, BitNami RubyStack makes it incredibly easy. Just visit the download page and choose from a native installer, a virtual machine image, or a cloud template (for Amazon and GoGrid). Regardless of the deployment option you choose, you will have everything you need to get up and running with Rails.

Along with the updated RubyStack, we have released a number of new Rails-based applications as BitNami Stacks. The new BitNami-packaged applications are available both as stand alone BitNami Stacks and as Modules. BitNami Modules allow you to run several applications on top of a single stack, so you don’t have multiple instances of infrastructure components such as Apache, Rails, and so on. This means that you can try out all of the new BitNami-packed Rails apps on top of one RubyStack installation!

The new BitNami Stacks are:

Spree (e-commerce): Spree capitalizes on the dynamic nature of the Ruby programming language to provide the most flexible commerce platform available. It has been designed from the ground up to be as open and extensible as possible. Spree supports over 50 payment gateways and includes the ability to add customized logic for taxation, shipping, discounts and coupons, along with a host of other features.

Radiant (content management system): Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams. Radiant features an elegant user interface, flexible templating with layouts, snippets, page parts, and a custom tagging language, a first-class extension/plugin system and more.

Typo (blogging platform): Typo is the oldest and most powerful Ruby on Rails blogware, providing custom templates, powerful drag and drop plugins API, advanced SEO capabilities, XMLRPC API and many more features.

As with all BitNami Stacks, they are available as native installers, virtual appliances and cloud templates for Amazon and GoGrid.

We would love to get your feedback on the new Stacks. Please take a moment to post your thoughts on our forums.


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