"Chris Moore" <thegrandbrie / softhome.net> wrote in message
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> 2) good bitmap/graphic handling libraries

Have you looked at SDL?
http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/raa-list.rhtml?name=Ruby%2FSDL
I guess you'd have to mix it with Fox or similar gui to get widgets.

Mikkel