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- From: Joshua Daniel Franklin <joshuadfranklin at yahoo dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 19:40:27 -0800 (PST)
- Subject: Re: cygwin-man
After looking at this, I think two "intro" pages would be best. Here is
my RFC for intro.3:
INTRO(3) Cygwin INTRO(3)
intro - Introduction to the Cygwin API
Cygwin is a UNIX environment, developed by Red Hat, for
Windows. It consists of two parts:
A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a UNIX emulation layer
providing substantial UNIX API functionality. This page
describes the API provided by the DLL.
A collection of tools, ported from UNIX, which provide
UNIX/Linux look and feel. This environment is described
in the intro(1) man page.
Cygwin is developed by volunteers collaborating over the
Internet. It is distributed through the website
http://www.cygwin.com. The website has extensive documen-
tation, inlcuding FAQ, User's Guide, and API Reference. It
should be considered the authoritative source of informa-
tion. The source code, relased under the GNU General Pub-
lic Licence, Version 2, is also availalbe from the website
or one of the mirrors.
Cygwin policy is to attempt to adhere to POSIX/SUSv2
(Portable Operating System Interface for UNIX / The Single
UNIX Specification, Version 2) where possible. Where these
standards are ambiguous, Cygwin tries to mimic Linux.
SUSv2 is available online at:
For compatibility information about specific functions,
see the API Reference at:
Cygwin is in many ways hindered by the underlying differ-
ences between UNIX and Win32 (for example, a case-insensi-
tive file system), so complete compatibility will probably
never be acheived.
Cygwin is Copyright (C) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2001, 2002 Red Hat, Inc.
Cygwin is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
License as published by the Free Software Foundation;
either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.
It is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See
the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public
License; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the Free
Software Foundation, 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston,
MA 02111-1307, USA.
The GPL is currently available online at:
Joshua Daniel Franklin, email@example.com
2002 April 05 INTRO(3)
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