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This alone is why I didn't hold much hope for Diaspora. If you want mass open-source installations, LAMP.



How about a (literally) one click installation to Heroku?

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Aaand now you're back to the "platform dependent on a single company" problem.

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What if you could one-click deploy to Heroku, OpenShift or AppFog? OpenShift can even have multiple competing hosting providers or you can use the free hosting from Redhat (which includes a LOT more resources than Heroku's free plan). And of course you could still do the traditional dedicated/VPS type installation.

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The problem is that I'll want one-click on something that you didn't think to support. For example, I want to put it on Windows Azure :)

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I wasn't that familiar with Azure, but I had heard that they had Linux VMs now (which would be one option), but I did a little digging and it appears you can actually run RoR apps on the Windows side as well:

http://rubyonrailsinazure.codeplex.com/

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Start with a "LAMP compatible" app then. Most of these platforms can deploy PHP.

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Yep, I agree. Wordpress installs on Azure with one click just fine.

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as mentioned before they could follow the Wordpress model with one-click install for individuals that one a hosted solution.

And a download option for those who have the expertise to setup their own server.

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There's not a whole lot that's proprietary about the Heroku platform.

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Fair point.

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That covers the convenience factor well, but not the cost factor. Heroku's great for the right kind of app, but no-one would have heard of WordPress if it required a Heroku install.

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Better yet would be to get supported by CPanel/SimpleScripts (provided with millions of hosting accounts).

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rstat.us has at least one user running on linode as well. Not much more to the set-up. deploying straight to AWS is also... surprisingly easy.

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Couldn't agree more! If ppl want to build shit that anyone can run, then make it run on LAMP (i.e. any shared hosting/cpanel account)!

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