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Re: [Chicken-users] Installing chicken on windows

From: Matt Gushee
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Installing chicken on windows
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:38:19 -0600

On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 12:01 PM, Matt Welland <address@hidden> wrote:

Oh, as an aside, it would be fantastic to have IUP be just as easy to install on Linux/Unix. Sadly this is not the case. I have not surveyed the GUI toolkit world recently. Is there a better alternative available for Chicken now?

​I haven't looked around *very* recently, but I've been through many cycles of looking for better GUI toolkits. And everytime I've looked, I seem to find the same answer: that IUP is the *only* reasonably modern and full-featured cross-platform GUI toolkit written in plain C. Ah well, GTK is technically written in plain C, but it has its own complex infrastructure. Everything else is C++ - which I suppose would not be impossible to wrap for Chicken, but nobody seems to want to do it.

However, I think the IUP situation is getting better. I built the latest versions of IM, CD, and IUP for Arch Linux about a month ago, and I only had to make one minor change to one of the build scripts. Every previous time I've built the packages, I've had to patch Makefiles and other things. So it seems like the IUP team has finally gotten around to addressing some of the problems people have been having.
​Matt Gushee​

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