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Re: [Axiom-developer] Help needed, was: (Possible) reasons Axiom didn't

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Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Help needed, was: (Possible) reasons Axiom didn't appeal to SoC coders...
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 18:14:24 -0400
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Martin Rubey wrote:

>> I think that it is a real possibility to build both HyperDoc and Axiom
>> graphics under cygwin in this manner. Cygwin is a "unix emulator" for
>> windows. GCL however currently only builds under MSYS/MinGW which a native
>> Windows build environment. Requiring both cygwin and MSYS/MinGW to build
>> Axiom on Windows is a bit of a heavy requirement but it is possible.
> Do you think it would be possible to bundle this up in a (albeit huge) 
> package,
> that works more or less out of the box? (However, again: it makes sense only 
> if
> HyperDoc browse works)

That might be technically possible but large doesn't even begin to
describe it.  At that point we might as well think about bundling a live
ISO with an emulator and do things that way - it would probably be simpler.

> This would be WONDERFUL!

Keep in mind that this would be an X Windows application under Microsoft
Windows, and would not match at all closely the look and feel of any
normal Windows application.  Also, it may conflict with existing
cygwin/X setups - not sure about that.

> You see, I'm a bit reluctant to drive people into developing HyperDoc too 
> much,
> since what I really want is a bit different. (namely, a HyperDoc replacement
> running on any good internet browser, having the functionality of HyperDoc but
> moreover understanding documentation written in LaTeX with ALLPROSE / aldoc
> conventions.)
> But if it is not tooooo big a project, such a bundle would be, again:

I don't quite know about the technical difficulty, as it's been a while
since I have dealt with any of these systems.  I would expect such a
bundle to be HUGE.

If we can successfully release a "normal" Windows binary perhaps we can
look next at bundling cygwin and X for an "all-in-one" type release.


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