Before the two-minute demo

Posted by Bryan Larsen on 2009-08-17

To get a virgin test environment, I installed a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackolope) inside a virtual machine.  Here are the steps I followed before I was able to try the Hobo two minute demo

These are essentially the instructions on how to install Rails in Ubuntu. There are thousands of these posts on blogs over the internet. I repeat them here for anybody who is new to Rails or Ubuntu and wants to give Hobo a try.

First I updated Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then I installed ruby, sqlite, git and subversion: (git and subversion are optional).

sudo apt-get install build-essential ruby-full sqlite3 libsqlite3-ruby1.8 git-core subversion

You also need gem. There are two choices: use Ubuntu’s gem or build from source. Gem breaks Linux standard practice in several different ways, so Ubuntu’s version of gem has a few oddities. Most people install the standard version of gem instead by building it from source.

tar xvzf rubygems-1.3.5.tgz
cd rubygems-1.3.5
sudo ruby setup.rb
cd /usr/bin
sudo ln -s gem1.8 gem

Then we install rails:

sudo gem install rails

Now you should be able to move on to the two minute Hobo demonstration