Anyways, now that I am back doing development, I am back to using Ubuntu. I am currently have a ruby and rails development environment setup on 11.10.
By far the best resource I found for getting up and running with ruby and rails on Ubuntu is this guide - absolutely spot on. The only thing missing was a recommendation for a good editor/IDE. I ended up using Aptana Studio for the past month, mainly because everyone who I know writes in rails uses TextMate on a Mac, and Aptana is the closest. I have heard a lot about Sublime Text 2 also, and might consider giving it a try.
I also needed a crash course in git as I had never used it before and 'gitg' is an absolute must.
Glad to be back...