Ruby on Rails is a really great platform for developing and releasing web applications. At my company, our developers are pretty evenly split between using Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux desktops as their primary development systems.
Setting up Ubuntu to develop in Ruby on Rails is pretty simple, but there are a few gotchas.
To help you learn how to set this up, I have recorded a couple of real-time videos of me configuring from scratch Ubuntu Linux in a virtual machine. The video is completely unedited, so you get to see every typo and everything I needed to lookup on the Internet to get the system running.
Here's the first video:
One commenter, Manal Ahmed, says that this is "the best tutorial for [setting up] Ubuntu". I'm really glad that Manal got some good ideas from my little video. Please let me know if it helps you out as well.
I have not yet recorded the 3rd video yet and plan to do so if the first two help people out.