Open Watcom C/C++ and Fortran 1.0 Goes Golden

SciTech Software, Inc. today announced that the Open Watcom 1.0 has been released and is now available for download from the website and for purchase on CD from SciTech’s website. Read more for the press release.

“Jointly developed by Sybase, SciTech and a core team of Open Watcom developers, Open Watcom 1.0 is the first new release of the Watcom compilers in over three years. Support for Open Watcom will be handled exclusively through the Open Watcom web site (

In a single package, Open Watcom provides a comprehensive development environment with the tools, SDK’s, and libraries needed to create powerful 16-and 32- bit applications for popular PC platforms. Combining an integrated development environment (IDE) and a comprehensive set of tools with state-of-the-art compiler technology, Open Watcom C/C++ delivers productivity and performance

Open Watcom provides one of the most powerful cross platform, cross debugging environments available” said Kendall Bennett, CEO SciTech Software Inc. “The lack of high quality cross development support in other products is what prompted us into pursuing an Open Source version of Watcom to begin with“.

The Open Watcom C/C++ and FORTRAN compilers support powerful remote debugging capabilities right out of the box. Support is included for remote debugging over the serial port, parallel port, TCP/IP for all supported platforms (including DOS!). There are also remote debugging layers for Novell Netware networks (IPX and NetBIOS) as well as remote debugging within virtual DOS machines and more. The best feature of the Open Watcom remote debugging support is the ability to cross compile and debug any target platform from any host platform! You can if you want develop and debug Win32 applications from OS/2 or DOS, and when the Linux port is complete you will be able to build and debug Win32 applications from Linux!

Free OS/2 and Windows SDK’s included!
Thanks to the efforts of the Open Watcom team members, Open Watcom now offers SDK headers and libraries for OS/2, Win16 and Win32. The Win32 SDK headers and libraries are based heavily on the w32api project developed and maintained by the MinGW compiler team.

Free DOS extenders included!
Open Watcom C/C++ and FORTRAN include a number of royalty free and Open Source DOS extenders right out of the box. Thanks to Tenberry Software’s donation, the original DOS/4GW DOS extender from Watcom C/C++ and FORTRAN is included royalty free with the Open Watcom compilers. Also included is the now free CauseWay DOS extender developed by Michael Devore. Both binaries are included as well as complete source code in the source archives. Open Watcom also includes the free PMODE/W and DOS/32A DOS extenders as part of the package.”


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