Erik Veenstra created two scripts, tar2rubyscript and rubyscript2exe, which essentially grab what you wrote, wrap it up with some other code, bundle it with the ruby executable, and spit out a finished, executable package – which will run on that same OS — so compile it on Windows, get a Windows executable, compile on Linux, get Linux executable, etc.
As I’m a newb, it took me a while to figure out that I need .. ‘stuff’ in the init.rb file. Since I’m writing scripts, I just stuffed the whole simple script in init.rb.. This also means I don’t really understand how to do bigger programs, but I think that with more knowledge than mine, these pages are worth their weight in pixels. Made of gold.