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Re: [OT] M$ collaborates with Suse

On Sun, Nov 26, 2006 at 01:54:19PM -0500, Greg Folkert wrote:
> Joe, for that reason I have always suggested and done Cygwin
> installations. It allows for the *nix commands. Does present much of the
> ability. There are many other things that can be installed on a Windows
> machine that allows for many things that are missing on them... as a
> "Stock" Windows machine.
When I had to use windows regularly myself, I used Cygwin.  Where I work
now I am required to use windows occasionally, but thankfully all the
windows machines have Exceed and I can bring up an xterm on a Unix or
Linux server to get my real work done.

Anyhow, my biggest beef with Cygwin was the limitations.  Several years
ago, when I was working on my undergraduate thesis, I was writing a
small simulation.  It had to run on Windows and Linux (I am a Linux guy
and my advisor was a Windows guy).  Enter Cygwin and wxWindows.  I
installed Cygwin on my laptop and then downloaded wxWindows.  I needed a
static build and a shared build, so I open up two xterms, unpack
wxWindows and start the two builds.  After a few hours, both failed with
an error like "Ran out of environment space."

Now, I don't know if that speaks to a limitation in Cygwin or in
Windows, but it is annoying.  I ended up restart the builds and doing
them serially.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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