Daniel Probst
Tue, 30 May 2000 09:25:09 +0200

> On Sun, May 28, 2000 at 04:44:13PM +0200, Werner Koch wrote:
> > However, I will not support Cygwin because it is possible to create a
> > native W32 version.
Cygwin can create native code (i.e. exes not using the cygwin dll). I'd prefer (by far) using this option to downloading yet another version of gcc.
> That is also much preferable in terms of getting gnupg out there amoung
> the public.
> A cygwin version should require little mods from the standard *NIX
> release, if any, and is sort of a quick-and-dirty way to get it without
> having to commit to a totally non-MS Windows environment.
it compiles more or less out of the box. A point Werner mentioned was that cygwin uses MS Crypto API for /dev/random. Quick and dirty tests I did, did not show any glaring statistical probs. I'd like to see a detailed analysis comparing MS API to Linux /dev/random.
> I see cygwin as primarily a way to wean future *NIX users off of MS
> Windows. Once they are comfortable with, and see the power of, *NIX,
> and realize what a tremendous waste it is to run on top of Windows,
> they can dump Windows and go with a free *NIX.
I don't think any Win user would switch to a sane OS via being enlightend by Cygwin. Give them Corels distr instead; they need to fiddle with a GUI before they can autoconf. Anybody with the knowledge to productively use GNU tools only uses Cygwin because he is forced to work on an MS Platform.
> - Tom