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Ezra Zygmuntowicz wrote:
>>     I have to step in here with a small data point about Gentoo on
> servers. If you know what you're doing then it can make some of the most
> stable fast servers around. I'm  currently running just under 1000
> gentoo servers all serving Rails and ruby apps and I love it.

You should definitely brag about that on the Gentoo Weekly News. As far
as I know, your 1000 Gentoo servers is more than all the other Gentoo
servers in the world *combined*. :)

Yes, it's possible to make a stable fast Gentoo server, and it's a lot
easier than it used to be since they came out with the LiveDVD. It's
precompiled for i686, which is fast enough for most purposes, and has
just about everything on it except "rubygems", "rake" and "rails".

>     That said for learning linux and ror then probably ubuntu or fedora
> are your safest bets. Gentoo requires quite a but of tweaking to get
> right, but once you get it right it screams.
> 
>     Gentoo is like a meta-distro, in the fact that you can take it and
> bend it into your own targeted custom distros.

I'd say the same goes for (pure) Debian. The base network install CD is
under 200 MB, and you can even boot up a Debian box from scratch over
the network from no more than half a dozen floppies, and if you're
lucky, you only need two. Once you get the base built, you can rebuild
packages from source if you need to for speed as easily as you can
emerge a package from source with Gentoo. But ... I went down the Gentoo
path and I'm not turning back. :)

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