[Rubyinstaller-devel] survey

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 13:23:56 EDT 2007

On 10/25/07, Roger Pack <rogerpack2005 at gmail.com> wrote:
> A couple thoughts:
> The real things we want to discover from this survey are:
> "Which ruby build distro would you prefer"
> So asking that up front would be nice.

Yeah, but the thing about that is some users really don't understand
the implications of Cygwin vs VC6 vs VC8 vs MinGW.

So put that decision in their hands bounds us con narrow our
possibility to choose the best one.

> Another good question would be "which binary extensions do you use" so can
> we look at them to make sure that they work.

The problem with that is that sometimes, most of the Rails users,
really don't know what they are using behind... except for
mysql-sqlite3-postgres adapters and of couse, the dread RMagick.

> Another would be "how important would ruby 64 bit be to you?"

Well, lot of users from *nix world (since the survey is aimed to every
ruby developer, not just Windows) will argue that they use x64 linux
distros and ruby build for that... but that doesn't meant they take
advantage of 63bits pointers, which is useful if you handle process of

I didn't want to make the survey Windows-only, since most of the gems
developers work on OSX or Linux, and I'll love they want to support
getting better cross-platform functionality for their gems.

> Also the survey seems a little bit long and wordy.  Some of thiose things
> don't seem too important...might want to cull it down--people are less
> likely to do a survey that's ginormous.

Yeah, We need to discard things that could be repeated... I'll sent
this to a couple of friends to get their opinions.

> Take care! Ruby mingw is working pretty well! No fatal problems yet, and a
> noticeable speed increase.  I'm working on optimizing the GC :)

Optimizing the GC? Hope you aren't going in the "tweak until it
explodes" kind of optimization...

Ruby is compiled with -O2 (size) since sometimes -O3 (speed) generates
some wrong code that make Ruby crash...

Regards and good week.

Luis Lavena
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