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[Mingw-cross-env-list] Re: Use of libX11

From: René Berber
Subject: [Mingw-cross-env-list] Re: Use of libX11
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:45:45 -0600
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Robert :

The easiest path is to use Cygwin and Cygwin/X, your code doesn't need
to be changed, you just run the X server on Windows (there's another for
MinGW but not as good) and rebuild everything using the Cygwin
development environment.  There's even a cross development system, Linux
to Cygwin, that was announced today:

That of course is good only if you want to run your applications for
yourself.  I've done it with a few applications, they still look like
they do under X Windows, and work fine (Cygwin emulates the Unix file
system, devices, etc.)

If you want to distribute them... then your requirement is that
everybody will have to install Cygwin/X.

The alternative is to use a ported libX11 that uses Windows graphics
(the one you point out doesn't mention anything like that so it doesn't
seem to be a real port, just a library that still needs an X server, but
I haven't really look into it), there are partial ports, some not even
published, XEmacs for Windows used one last time I saw (long time ago,
and no they didn't improve it, it was partial and very few other
applications built with it).
René Berber

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