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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RE: Cygwin VS SFU ?
by on Wed 10th Aug 2005 12:01 UTC in reply to "Cygwin VS SFU ?"

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The only reason I install cygwin is for the xserver. Its trivial to get working and its stable. Even does opengl.

The cygwin installer is a huge pain, takes way too long to select what you want, I think that there is actually way too much crap^h^h^h^h stuff to choose from.

SFU gives you very few installation options in terms of optional stuff, by default it gives you more of a complete base and then you go away and add to it if you want.

SFU also gives you an NFS client/server. Never used the server, but as an NFS client it works once you sort out your user id mapping. I wouldn't say it was particularly fast, but I also have not compared it to CIFS.

I've never had to ask any support questions for SFU yet, but trying to resolve problems with the cygwin developers would have to be my worse support experience with anyone. Its the only open source group I've dealt with who are openly abusive to their users, complaining about what crap hardware they have, complaining about the lack of information in problem reports (but no advice on how to get more) etc. Maybe if they were helpful someone might give them some newer hardware...

In my experience cygwin leaks memory, does not do well on dual-processor boxes (to the point that I removed a cpu so that fork and make was reliable) and performance is pretty ordinary compared to the same binary compiled with win32. But thats what you get trying to map posix apis to win32.

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