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Re: what is the best Windows distribution?

From: Zhang Weiwu, Beijing
Subject: Re: what is the best Windows distribution?
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:11:11 +0800
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On 04/19/2011 09:37 PM, Riccardo Mottola wrote:
Well, compiling from source *should* be trivial. Any decently maintained application has tarball releases, often also nightly or beta tarballs.

Really? Before I try, I did a bit math to estimate the hours I am going to need. Following are my findings in 20 minutes math (by checking freebsd port's dependency table)

   * Cynthinue depends on qt widget (!!) and nasd. Image the hell of
     trouble installing these on Windows.
   * aspell, tiff, jpeg, png are the libraries that most applications
     depending on, need to check if they are already available in
     GNUStep-core and MinGW. Some application depend on jbig (MPDCon)
     and mng (Cynthinue).
   * GNUMail depends on cups, portaudio, libau.

This is only a 20 minute investigation. I am trying to get a sense what I would end up without a package manager, as I never tried to work without package manager before (even the rudimentary Cygwin package manager is a must to me).

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