Thursday, August 2, 2012

RubyStack now with Rails 3.2.7 and Varnish

We are happy to announce a new version of BitNami RubyStack that includes the latest version of Rails, 3.2.7.

BitNami RubyStack simplifies the development and deployment of Ruby on Rails applications for development, testing and production. It can be deployed using a native installer for Windows, OS X or Linux, as a virtual machine or in the Amazon cloud. Thanks to the Amazon Free Tier, you can try BitNami RubyStack in the cloud for free during one year.

In addition to Rails we have upgraded the following components:

- Ruby 1.9.3-p194
- Git
- Subversion 1.7.5
- NGinx 1.3.4
- Passenger 3.0.14
- PHP 5.3.15

It also ships the following components that you can use in your applications:

- RVM 1.13.6
- DevKit tdm-32-4.5.2 for Windows
- MySQL 5.5.21
- Apache 2.2.22
- ImageMagick 6.7.5

In this release we include an optional new component: Varnish Cache server 3.0.1 for Linux and OS X. It is a web application accelerator that can be deployed in front of any HTTP server and can significantly improve performance. You can learn more in the BitNami Varnish quick start guide.

It takes just minutes to deploy BitNami RubyStack and we are always looking for ways we can improve it. So go ahead, give it a try and let us know what you think!


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  2. Please would you add again the 32 bit version for rubystack virtual machine images ??? Why would you leave all 32 cpu users without ruby-stack? Not everyone is using a 64 bit cpu yet..

  3. We have just released a new 32 bit virtual machine for RubyStack 3.2.7. You can download it at I hope it helps.

  4. Thanks... :) Since I could not wait, in the meantime, I went for a Turnkey appliance (linux core): a barebone linux based on debian on which i installed ruby & rails using rvm. What i was pleased to find is that Bitnami appliances also come with pre-installed webmin (web control panel for your whole operative system (processes, startup daemons, file-upload & download, and much more) and with shell access directly from the browser (using shell-in-a-box linux package). It's certailty quicker to use RubyStack since you don't have to setup ruby and rails (which by the way rvm makes really easy) but, i have to say that I became accustomed with webmin & shellinabox a lot, and now I'd like to ask you if you mind implementing some of those in your images as well. I think they'd be much appreciated. Thank you

  5. Correction (for the previous comment): What i was pleased to find is that _Turnkey_ appliances also come with pre-installed webmin

  6. Hi jj, Thanks for the suggestion and for taking the time to write it. It is indeed on our plans. For now (though not ideal) here are the manual steps to install Webmin on our appliances


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