Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Aug 2005 17:47 UTC
General Unix Cygwin is a great alternative for those who feel constrained by working with the Windows environment. Cygwin lets you employ the best parts of each environment to fit your needs, whether through porting and development of applications, or simply using the applications in this flexible, powerful system.
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GnuCash, Scribus, forget it.
by on Wed 10th Aug 2005 00:16 UTC

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It's an adequate POSIX environment/layer/whatever for Windows, but it can't even be considered a complete enough distro for KDE dependent apps.

GnuCash in particular is a dependency hell app which some believe is best packaged with distros (witness OS X Tiger Fink users tearing their hair out). Scribus is another app which causes problems for Cygwin.

As a proof of concept, Cygwin is okay. As a method for harnessing the world of FOSS that hasn't been ported to the Win32 API, it's not ready for prime time.

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