is it possible to use mingw32-make instead of nmake on windows for compiling gems?

Title says it all ... I was just wondering, because nmake seems to
bomb out on a lot of gem installations I try to do.
Especially with error messages like this
http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/41c1509e7e21c02d/067ce27603af3186?lnk=gst&q=nmake#067ce27603af3186

trustfundbaby wrote:

Title says it all ... I was just wondering, because nmake seems to
bomb out on a lot of gem installations I try to do.
Especially with error messages like this
http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/41c1509e7e21c02d/067ce27603af3186?lnk=gst&q=nmake#067ce27603af3186

I'm able to run the mingw version of ruby with rails and it works. I'm
not sure if all the gems are available for it, but...
http://www.akitaonrails.com/2008/7/26/still-playing-with-ruby-on-windows
I know I was able to compile the win32-api [using the devkit].
GL.
-=R

But thats with the one-click installer only right?

Thanks for the post though, I finally got my hands on that monaco font
to help round out my textmate/aloha theme for Ruby Netbeans