RubyStack 1.0 released, Catz and Matz rejoice!

Jan 11, 2008 | Tags:
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We are big fans of Ruby and we have a number of Rails-related projects, including packaging RedMine and the BitNami site itself. We created RubyStack as a way for others to get started with Rails quickly and easily. RubyStack is an all-in-one package that automatically installs and configures Apache, MySQL, Ruby, Rails and a number of commonly used packages such as Mongrel and ImageMagick. It even includes PHP and phpMyAdmin as a convenient tool for managing MySQL. The installations are self-contained and preconfigured, so they do not mess with your system an makes setting up development and test environments a snap.

We are proud to announce that this week we managed to get RubyStack 1.0 out of the door. This release adds support for Windows, OS X on x86 and PPC (Tiger and Leopard) and most versions of Linux. You can now share the same environment on multiple machines and operating systems. Ain't that something?

This release contains the following components:

  • Ruby 1.8.6
  • RubyGems 0.9.4
  • Rails 2.0.2
  • ImageMagick 6.3.5
  • Subversion 1.4.5
  • SQLite 3.5.1
  • MySQL 5.0.45
  • Apache 2.2.6
  • PHP 5.2.5
  • phpMyAdmin 2.11.2

Download the RubyStack Installer.

So, here is the deal... our PR budget was 20$ and Pieter spent it on beer last weekend (the little rascal). That left us with no choice but to take advantage of the wisdom of crowds, the long tail, ajax, REST and photoshop to create the ultimate web 2.0 mashup product announcement (to tell you the truth we are still trying to figure out what the heck a mashup is, but we did it anyway).

Please see below for some reactions from the blogosphere on the watershed release of RubyStack 1.0, including David and Matz themselves.

Digg RubyStack!

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