Here is a step by step summary of what I did to get to get Redmine up and running on Debian 5.x – If you don’t know what Redmine is, it is like Trac, but better and on Rails. More here
1. Review this Rails on Debian guide. I’m sure there are others, but this is was a good starting point to get the nuances of running Rails apps on Debian, which can be a bit of pain if you are relying on packages. I know real rails folks use OSX but I’m not a real rails guy.