> Personally, I've not built any C-packages on Windows (except cygwin but
> that's a bit different). How is it done? Is it usually done through VC++
> or some other way? Is it possible to build ./configure scripts to build
> things that don't depend on the cygwin dll?

There's the mingw toolchain: GNU that compiles against msvcrt32.dll,
instead of cygwin.dll.

Ari