Being an Ubuntu user, and not a staunch advocate of one of the main text editors (Vim, Emacs), I thought I’d have a go at installing RubyMine. They’ve recently been advertising everywhere in the Ruby world (RailsEnvy, Railscasts, etc)

Installing is fairly straightforward.

1. Get the app and a trial / real installation key. The latest version when I grabbed it was v1.1

2. Unpack it, and move it to /opt/rubymine

tar -xvzf rubymine-1.1.tar.gz
(tar output... extracted a folder named rubymine952)
sudo mv rubymine942 /opt/rubymine

3. Sort out java.

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-sdk

Rubymine expects the java executable to be at /bin/java, but Ubuntu has it at /usr/bin/java

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/java /bin/java

4. Add a launcher. I’m adding it to the top panel. Right-click on the panel and choose “Add to Panel”.

There’s an icon at /opt/rubymine/bin/rubymine.png

… and the application is /opt/rubymine/bin/,

Now to see if RubyMine is any good!