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Linux Programming: Cygnus for Windows NT: Sneaking Linux into the Enterprise

Apr 25, 2000, 19:17 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Red Hat's Cygwin for Windows NT is a set of tools and libraries that can make the job of migrating Linux applications to Windows significantly easier than porting these applications to native Windows development tools, like those available from Microsoft. Cygwin for Windows NT also runs on Windows 9x although some features like security are not supported."

"Cygwin is also ideal for those needing to implement applications in a heterogeneous Linux/Windows environment. In particular, it can allow an application installation procedure to be almost identical on Windows or Linux. ... Cygwin.dll will work with other Windows DLLs including graphical support but this is where Linux and Windows support diverge. A number of projects are working to bring X Windows support to Windows which, combined with Cygwin, will provide a more complete mechanism for porting graphical applications to Windows."

"Cygwin will appeal to those migrating applications from Linux or, more likely, those who must maintain applications across platforms. The price is right for internal development or GPLed products. Graphical applications that use only X Window may find development a bit more difficult under Windows using just Cygwin. For graphical, Tcl/Tk-based applications, Cygwin is a definite win. The same is true for most non-graphic applications including network-based applications."

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