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The CentOS distribution has a particularly good integration with Rivendell, as many of the developers working on the code do so on that platform. Information on installing and maintaining a CentOS setup can be found here.
Ubuntu Xenial (16.04)
Rivendell can be compiled / installed onto a Ubuntu machine. The instructions to do so can be found here.
Debian 8 (Jessie)
Rivendell can be compiled / installed onto a Debian 8 (Jessie) machine. Just follow these instructions.
Debian 9 (Stretch)
This page quickly relates how to install rivendell 3 (beta00) on Debian9.
Old outdated things
All information below is out of date and needs to be updated (22nd Feb 2018)
Rivendell on Debian 6 (Squeeze). This is intended as a beginners guide that will walk you through getting Rivendell, JACK and Pulse Audio working with Debian 6. It is screen shot and explanation heavy.
The easiest way to install Rivendell using Ubuntu is to use the RRAbuntu Live CD installer. You can also test it out without installing the software.
A complete guide for installing Rivendell on Ubuntu 11.04 can be found here.