Rails Day 2006

Rails Day 2006 is an event for all Rails enthusiasts to write some nice application using Ruby on Rails. The only catch is that you must do all this in 24 hours. You can have upto 3 members in a team and there are lots of prizes to be won. Just visit the site for the rules. By the way, the contest is on 17th of June. Is there time for me to learn Ruby(from scratch) and also learn Rails and participate in this contest? Is Ruby so easy that one can learn it withing 10 days and also create a great app with it (and hope to get a prize?).
I was thinking of learning Ruby this holiday and I think its the time to start.

Update: I have updated the site’s theme just to show that I have started learning Ruby.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS released

Today is the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS(Long Term Support). There are seperate editions for Desktop, Server, fast and easy install. You will be supported by security updates for 5 years on the server and 3 years for the desktop.

There are various features in the new version.

Desktop

  • fast and easy graphical installer
  • faster system startup and login
  • simplified menu organisation
  • graphical shutdown process
  • GNOME 2.14.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, X.org 7.0

Server

  • New kernels targeted at server platforms. The server kernels are tuned differently than the desktop kernels (providing better performance for server applications).
  • There are both low-end, and “big iron” server kernels. The low-end server kernel is generic, and should work on the same equipment that the desktop kernel runs on. The highend server kernel is geared towards systems with greater than 8 CPUs (ES7000 / Summit / BIGSMP).
  • Turn-key LAMP installation for this common deployment scenario – have your LAMP server setup automatically

Installation and Upgrades

Ubuntu can now be installed to USB sticks, removable hard drives and flash memory

  • New upgrade tool for simple, easy and clean upgrade from previous version(5.10)
  • The installer runs in a single stage – rebooting straight into a complete system

Under the hood

  • GCC 4.0.3
  • glibc 2.3.6
  • Linux 2.6.15.6
  • Greatly improved infrastructure for automatic hardware detection and activation

The recommended system specifications are

Desktop: 256MB RAM – 3GB Hard Disk space
Server: 64MB RAM – 500MB Hard Disk space

The images can be downloaded from the various mirrors available.

Anyone willing to write a good review of the new Ubuntu or can write an installation guide, please comment here.