packg mngmnt model & other cygwin package releases...(where did they come from?)
Fri Feb 25 00:20:00 GMT 2005
On Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:43:15PM -0800, Linda W wrote:
> I wondered about this when I found a completely separate package
> distribution (that appears to no longer be supported but was located
> at http://gnuwin.epfl.ch/en/index.html). Why didn't they just release
> their packages through cygwin/setup? Seems like they have a ton
> (http://gnuwin.epfl.ch/apps/en/bestlist.html) of packages for cygwin,
> so many that put together a CD of gnu apps that run on cygwin.
> I'd never even heard about them before they went to "no maintenance"
> mode...*sigh*...why weren't they developing under the standard
> cygwin/setup package model? I was just surprised by all the packages that
> were available for cygwin outside of the cygwin project and wondered
> why they felt a need to release their packages separately -- they sure
> didn't get very good publicity -- I ran into them when I wanted to see
> about "cdrecord" being ported to work under cygwin...Apparently it was,
> at some point, as well as a bunch more utils. Very strange.
How is that not good publicity? There are a ton of cygwin binaries out
there; all you need to find them is usually the package name, "cygwin",
and google. I know Gerrit, who maintains a lot of packages, also has
a large number of things he's built and put out there with no intention
to maintain them. That's really sufficient; without someone responsible
for maintaining them, they should only be available unofficially.
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