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Re: What Linux version corresponds to a specific cygwin version?

First: Cygwin != Linux
On Tue, Oct 07, 2003 at 06:03:05PM +0200, Uwe Galle wrote:
> after some research this question remained unresolved, that's why I want to
> post it to the list.
> Some applications, e.g. C-Kermit 8.0
> (, offer a variety of
> binary versions, e.g. Red Hat 7.0, Red Hat 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9, AS2.1 and
> much more. The question is: What version I have to download for a certain
> cygwin version?
If the package is part of the Cygwin Net Distribution, you can download it
with Please also read

> uname shows for the latest cygwin version CYGWIN_NT-5.1.
> cygcheck -s shows as cygwin dll version 1.5.5.
> Are there any rules how to map this version information to a certain Linux
> version?
Cygwin != Linux.
Cygwin is a POSIX emulation layer for Windows. It is not based on Linux code,
nor is it actually anything more than a DLL with many, many features. There
is no way to "map" a Cygwin version number to a Linux version number because
* there is no relation
* the Cygwin version number (e.g. 1.5.5) is the number of the Cygwin DLL, 
  not the distribution (comparable with Linux-2.4.x being the version number
  of the kernel).
* there is no relation
* there is no relation

> I think I cannot rely on the compatibility with the latest Red Hat
> version - also because of the fact that Red Hat doesn't offer only one
> version ...
You're talking about *distribution* versions here - there is no versioning
scheme for the Cygwin Net Distribution.


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