Overnight wrote:

> 4) Comparing Ruby with the Pythonesque "batteries included" approach 
> wasn't very exciting... At times I think that Python (ActiveState) distro 
> is overloaded, but all in all I prefer too many (optional) features than 
> too few. Is there a reference Ruby library? Are there distros supporting 
> it?

Do you know about Andy Hunt's distribution for Ruby-on-Windows?

http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/ruby/downloads/ruby-install.html

I don't know that it is yet up to the level of the ActivePython distro 
but it's got a lot of good (extra) stuff in it.