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Tue Aug 18 04:14:00 GMT 1998

#But, NTEmacs is *not* "just as good".  (I've used both XEmacs and
#NTEmacs extensively, and have been helping out a little with the
#XEmacs beta testing.)
I'll take your word for it, but I remain to be convinced, unless someone can 
give me any good examples of XEmacs' superiority.

#XEmacs can be built for Windows in two different ways[1] - there's a
#Cygwin version, and a native version.  [snipped]
#  But it would be madness to install *both*.  Keeping both
#distributions up to date would be a major pain.  

# > Some tools I have don't translate well to Win32, and require other 
# > like Ghostscript, to function, hence provide these other programs. 

#Cygwin is great for things that don't translate to Win32 - I think the 
#idea of a Cygwin GIMP is great.  I'm talking about tools (Tcl/Tk,
#Perl, Python) for which well-functioning native Win32 ports are
#readily available.  
That's fine - I won't disagree. However, you've missed one of my points, that 
is -
that gnu-win32 is also good who want a proper 'unix' environment, whilst still 
the Microsoft environment at the same time.  This is quite useful for training 
or minor, one-off
development, or for comparision purposes.
A side issue is that offering these packages gives the user the *freedom* to 
choose either 
native ports, or proper Unix versions. I have yet to see a WinNT version that 
is as fully functional as
 the equivalent Unix versions - doubtless you can probably name a few that are?
I suppose that the gnu-win32 distribution could conceivably include these 
native ports instead
of the gnu-win32 versions - however *not* including them would leave the user 
with an incomplete
system - bad move i.m.o.

Bob Cross.

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