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Socoder -> Off Topic -> linux tools in windows?

Sun, 08 Aug 2010, 10:45
I have been fortunate to receive an beta version of an SDK for developing software for a unique system (Jay know which one ;P) but it is supposed to be used on a linux system.
My question is, Is it possible to set this up in Windows? It uses gcc if that's any help.
Please don't recommend installing a linux distro on my computer, I've been fighting with ubuntu in virtualbox for a couple of days now and I hate it, if it's at all possible, I would like to build my projects in windows.

I'm not suer how much info I should be giving away about the software, but as it's still beta, I would guess very little, but I'll paste the example makefile here and hope it is useful to whoever tries to anwser my question...

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Sun, 08 Aug 2010, 11:57
I believe the right answer is: it depends on the binaries. If you have the source code then you should be able to compile them using Cygwin. This is essentially all of the Unix libraries you need to install and run Unix software.

I know you said "don't recommend installing a distro" but my recommendation would be to use Wubi (Windows Ubuntu Installer). It installs Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows, but the files are stored within a giant file in Windows. The advantage is that you can uninstall Wubi from Windows and that's it, it's gone!
Sun, 08 Aug 2010, 13:52
or you could try virtual machines, can run both at once and not have to restart which is a pain.

Sun, 08 Aug 2010, 14:19
Waroffice or you could try virtual machines, can run both at once and not have to restart which is a pain.

He said he had already been trying that.
Sun, 08 Aug 2010, 14:40
Honestly, I've found VM's to be more of a pain than their worth. Ultimately you'll end up using the same amount of space on your hard drive from the VM as you would if you dual booted.

Does the beta software have any dependencies? That might be the only place where you run into a problem, because then you have to find windows versions for all those dependencies. In truth it's probably more worth it to just do everything in linux. I've been developing in linux now for the past couple years and I have grown to like it a lot more.

What IDE are you using in linux? I've been using codelite which is pretty effective, Vim can be good if you really take the time to learn it, and then of course there's always the gedit+terminal combo. I'm sure there's other IDE's out there that do well.

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