cygwin and GnuPro

Earnie Boyd
Tue May 4 04:43:00 GMT 1999

--- Saracen <> wrote:
> I'm considering using Cygwin and GnuPro on WIN/NT for my next few
> programming projects.  I'd like to get some feedback on experiences that
> you may have in these products.
> Specifically, things I'd like to find out are
> 1) General ease of use

I don't know anything about GnuPro but the Cygwin product is wonderful.  I use
it daily and it's becoming more robust.  I see from the next sentence that
you're a Linux _user_, what exactly is your intended use?

> 2) Cross platform look and feel (I used to be a heavy duty Linux user
> circumstances have forced me away from the platform :( .  It
> is my intention to find a way of migrating back to Linux and Cygwin/GnuPro
> appeared to be an excellent way of doing this)

Comes close but can't ever be exact.  The MS File Systems prevent Cygwin from
being exactly like Linux.  One of the first things you'll want to do is to move
the files to a more common directory tree.

> 3) Compatibility with other commercial libraries

You'll need to create the import libraries so that they appear to be UNIX
static like libraries but you should be able to call those from cygwin but not
vice versa.

> 4) Whether GnuPro is available via ftp (I understand that most of the
> product is covered by the GNU agreements)

I believe that you can with even a 30 day trial but license for the trial is
required.  GnuPro is a commercial product, you will be required to buy a
license if you decide to use it.  The GNU part, namely Cygwin will always be

> 5) Whether people agree with me that the Cygnus site is absolutely awful
> to navigate!

No.  I think that it's typical.  Maybe you should suggest what should be

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