On Sep 12, 12:54   ﮮ 
>
> As a side note, it would be really nice if the Windows Ruby installer
> installed and automatically configure Mingw for GEM compilation so that when
> I "gem install" something in Windows without a recent pre-built binary that
> it compiles one just like Linux does.    
> up on trying to get the Ruby-OpenAL GEM installed on Windows because it
> seemed like to much work for the experimenting I wanted to do.   > tryed the same thing on Linux Mint and the install was painless.  > be nice if the experience in the Windows platform was similar.   > Mingw compiler has made the performance difference between Linux and Windows
> much smaller I prefer to stay on Windows since I also   > The only real nuisance on Windows is GEM availability.    > pain-in-the-tush for GEM developers to make pre-built Windows binaries.  
> imagine it would helpful to cross-platform consistency / predictably /
> deployability if there were automatic GEM compilability on Windows too.
>

Hello,

Even on linux, if you don't have a compiler toolchain, gem
installation may fail. Compilers are always optional.

There is the Development Kit that you optionally download. Please see
our wiki and the mailing list for details on that.

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Luis Lavena