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Re: what is the best Windows distribution?

From: Riccardo Mottola
Subject: Re: what is the best Windows distribution?
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:41:37 +0200
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end-users are not the target audience. MinGW isn't--

        afaik WO and YellowBox have been brought to Windows by using cygwin

That is correct. Cygwin is older than MinGW. If you notice, you can still install "MinGW" libraries inside Cygwin. One derives from the other. When YB was born, Cygwin was the only beast around. Furthermore, it is much easier to port application using cygwin.

Also, all this talk about "cygwin not being for the end user" is incorrect. It may be in the roughest DIY form. But there are many commercial applications that ship and install with it under the hood and the user just needs to click an icon to open his app. Let's not spread too much FUD. Gene Amdahl moments may be useful, but shall not be the norm.

Of course, currently GNUstep is not targeted to those environments so you need some of homework. But this does not mean that one can build a professional package with it and ship a commercial product both with cygwin and mingw. it is possible and it was done in the past.


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