> I'm curious: why do you discourage usage of cygwin's ruby?

There might be real reasons. I just figured a newb would be better off
with the One Click Installer, because it integrates with the actual
OS, it has some lite editors and lite GUIs, etc.

I'm aware there are specific reasons not to use those things. I also
figured, for a newb, learning to use Bash and its / slashes should
come first; learning to beat a complete platform into submission, thru
Bash, should come later!

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  Phlip