Not necessarily. MinGW is able to use MSVC .lib files to compile code
On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 7:16 PM, Michele Chabot <address@hidden
> I would like to operate my Lego NXT robot using Octave and the Fantom Driver
> library (http://mindstorms.lego.com/en-us/support/files/Driver.aspx
> RWTH (http://www.mindstorms.rwth-aachen.de/
) (GPL) does this already with
> MatLab in place of Octave, but it relies on MatLab features not available in
> Octave (calllib) to access the Fantom library.
> To accesses the fantom driver from Octave using OCT files, I could create
> .cc wrapper files to link with the fantom library, but since fantom supplies
> only Microsoft-compatible (header,lib and dll) files for windows, I assume
> this would not work.