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RE: Mirosoft Interix contains Cygwin

Try this URL:

GNU source code at

Binaries and sources for various ports at

I bought the Microsoft Interix 2.2.5 distribution ($99, seems that
Cygnus has set the price level!) partly out of curiousity, and partly to
get an inetd (telnetd etc.) integrated with Windows NT's user

There is apparently not yet a ftp or http server at;
they are slooowly getting things running after the Microsoft aquisition.
It will take quite a while (forever?), before Interix reach the level of
community support that cygwin has, but there is actually some support if
you mail to

Kind regards,
Peter Ring
Forlaget MAGNUS A/S
A Wolters Kluwer Company

-----Original Message-----
From: Suhaib M. Siddiqi []
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 10:43 PM
To: Mumit Khan
Cc: DJ Delorie;
Subject: Re: Mirosoft Interix contains Cygwin

Yes there is some old old code at

but absolutely nothing at the URL M$ quotes in GPL document to retrieve
for the GPL'ed binaries

Mumit Khan wrote:

> DJ Delorie <> writes:
> > Cool!  Now even Microsoft is seeing the benefits of open source software.
> Actually, Microsoft always has, just likes to hide the fact in case
> it's forced to practice the same! If you look at its own now-obsolete
> POSIX kit, it included quite a bit of GNU code, including a port of
> gcc. That whole POSIX subsystem and kit is now obsoleted by Interix's
> product.
> As for Interix, here's a bit of history: Softway/Interix a few years
> ago started out with Cygwin b17 as the base and built a version of gcc
> and binutils for their POSIX subsystem. GCC didn't need too much
> modification, at least at the basic level, but binutils is a whole
> different story.
> Even though Interix now uses newer gcc, their stable codebase still
> uses some old code, and that's why you see the cygnus-2.7.2-970404.
> I assume the "assimilation" of Interix by MS will have caused some
> temporary glitches, but Interix has always maintained full sources
> on their ftp site; a bit buried, but the pointer is on their CD and
> in docs.
> For the record, I have no affiliation with Interix other than some
> productive collaborative efforts with Donn Terry in porting egcs
> to Interix.
> > Plus, the i386-pc-opennt directory means that they *had* to rebuild
> > gcc from source, targetting their system.  This means that there are
> > now five wintel gccs - emx, djgpp, cygwin, mingw, and now interix.
> Make that *six*; a brand new one -- ix86-pc-win32-gnu -- which uses
> GNU C Library as the runtime. I'm still cleaning out bits and pieces
> at this point, mostly in the runtime.
> Sorry about getting rather off-topic here ...
> Regards,
> Mumit

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