Installing packages in mingw

So I don’t really understand completely the difference between cygwin, mingw and the likes yet… But I’m fiddling around trying to install node.js in a Windows environment which brought me to mingw.
So I’m installing packages on mingw from the mingw command prompt using “mingw-get install nnn”. I’m looking at a list of suggested packages from here: Some packages are installed fine, others give errors “unknown package”. Well doing a “mingw-get update” I noticed that a number of packages were tied to msys. So I tried something new: “mingw-get install msys-nnn”. Guess what. It worked!

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