Well, I can tell you I miss a real shell on Windows ... cygwin doesn't really do 
it for me. :-)

Thanks for the thoughts...

Tim

Robert Oliver wrote:
> It might just be me, but Ruby seems to run slower under Windows, in almost 
> every operation. This is just my observation though and may be not the norm.
> 
> As far as development platforms for Ruby go, I can tell you from personal 
> experience that Linux has many strong points in its favor towards Ruby 
> development. First off, MySQL seems to feel more at home on Linux than in 
> Windows, and its usually installed on most distributions by default. 
> Secondly, KDE's (and Gnome's to, I'm not sure, I'm a KDE person) ability to 
> use ftp:// and scp:// type filestreams in its file I/O are huge timesavers, 
> and nothing in Windows can come quite close to this.
> 
> That being said, if you're more familiar with Windows, its just plain easier 
> to use Windows than Linux. The Windows command line however really in my 
> opinion is just enough to be called a console, and Linux / bash beats this 
> hands down. It just seems easier to develop with Ruby under Linux for me.
> 
> That's my $0.025 :)
>