Re: Is there a Open Source Windows Software Archive? (relates to Debian)
On Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 09:33:59AM -0700, Andrew Lynch wrote:
> If such an archive exists, I would like it to be
> similar in nature to the Debian Linux package
> collection. I am a Linux (Debian) user, however, I
> also use Windows at work, etc. It would be nice to
> have a source of true Open Source software for Windows
> to "wean" off of the closed software so prevalent
Your best bet is to join the debian-win32 mailing list and join their
development. As soon as debian-win32 starts to do commit packages to teh ftp
archive, truly free Windows only software can be packages for Debian and
to prevent other ports of Debian trying to build it.
It's all there, you just have to spend a lot of work on it.
> www.Cygnus.com does make some Open Source software
> work in a "un*x-like" environment but thats not what I
> am searching for.
You will need it at least as a base. Remember, dpkg has to work.
> Cygwin is basically a Windows
> version of a linux/un*x environment.
> My goal is to identify unique Windows Open Source
> software for porting to Linux using Open Source
> (BSD/GNU) licensed porting tools like WINE, Twin, and
Oh. That's a different matter. Should have read this paragraph first. Still
I think, the above steps should come first. Porting them to TWINE or
whatever would be a second step, IMHO. The usability would not be as big,
though, because of the inherent incompatibilities of Unix and Windows
software (think only of file formats for example).
> I think there is much good Open Source
> software available for Windows, but its trapped there
> because its so hard to port to linux/un*x and the
> general non awareness of licensing issues associated
> with the MS Windows software environment.
I believe there is just about nothing Open Source software available for
Windows. There is a lot of crippled free- and shareware. You MAY be able to
talk with the authors, but I believe you would have to start a new movement
in the windows world. If you can manage that, this would be indeed amazing :)
One reason there is no Free Software movement in the Windows world is that
the system does not ship with a compiler!
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Is this Microsoft or AOL compatible? *laugh*
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