MoJo writes "On a Linux system, you download the source and type 'make'. All the compilers and tools are pre-installed and ready to go. On Windows, there are no standard dev tools and many projects need a significant amount of work just to compile them (e.g. Firefox/Thunderbird) — is this holding open source on Windows back?
As a developer, sometimes I feel like contributing to a project. If I could just download the source and a library or two, hit compile and go from there, I probably would. But invariably there are hoops to jump through, issues to resolve, and in the end it often looks like too much work just to get started, let along develop the patch."