> > how about a unix-friendly tarball, or a windows-friendly zip file, for
> > the gemless out there ?
> 
> They are there, along with the gem.  I just haven't glommed an installer
> script for the raw-source versions.  

great, thank you



 
> Any pointers to writing or stealing a good install.rb  are welcome.
> 

This helped me to get started:

http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?QuickGuideToPackaging

cheers,
                         vruz