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Re: Building Emacs-cvs on Cygwin

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Building Emacs-cvs on Cygwin
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:06:25 -0400

> From: David Kastrup <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:24:40 +0200
> Cc: address@hidden
> Microsoft Windows is not a complete system, as it is missing most end
> user applications, and is also lacking the toolbox inventory of small
> utilities that are a necessary ingredient of POSIX systems.

What exactly is missing that makes you say this?

A bare-bones Linux kernel lacks even a shell and basic commands like
ls and cp, which are all GNU programs, but MS-Windows does come with
the equivalents of these commands out of the box.

> One has to add quite a bit of GNU stuff to MS Windows before it
> becomes comparably useful.

``Useful'' is in the eyes of the beholder.  ``Usable'' is a more
relevant issue: stripped of all GNU programs, a Linux-based system is
simply unusable, IMO.

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