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> What about 3rd party libraries for those languages? I talked 
> to a Windows guy I know and he said that in Perl at least 
> they are named following the <libname>.dll scheme, e.g. 
> mysql.dll or DBI.dll.

Yes. In Perl, all 3rd party libraries are redistributed as DLLs (with import

> I think that would be good enough, since the shared library 
> is what matters for the use of a default loader script. So 
> windows libraries could use the same scheme as the UNIX ones, 
> just using .dll instead of .so.

Fine. Shared libraries are solved.
For static libraries I'll continue to use my "lib" prefix convention.

-- Danilo