I think I already fought with those tools. I tried to recompile under Dev Cpp (not the best IDE I agree)
MinGW is simple to install and works quite well. There's things to watch when installing along WinAVR since both are GNU based and sometimes it will use the wrong make tool and such if the paths are not set correctly.
Also, tell me if the way figures are organized is disturbing or not. LaTeX indeed doesn't put the figure where you actually write it in the code, which is what is done for official publications but which can be disturbing when there are a lot of figures. I tried to reference them the best way I can but it can still be annoying.
So far so good for me.