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Win32 vs Gnu-Win32
This is more of an FYI than anything else. If you are using, or plan on
using a gnu-win32 compiler for your CS build then this is for you.
If you are not going to be using Gnu-Win32 then you may as well ignore
this email, since it is specific to Gnu-Win32.
Gnu-Win32 is a Win32 compatible, publicly available build environment.
There are several variations on what is considered "Gnu-Win32", at least
there was up until today, when Mumit Khan released EGCS-1.1, the very
latest in publicly available Gnu-Win32 tool kits.
Since the Win32 API has been around for quite some time and DirectX
is a subset of the Win32 API (ie. DirectX requires Win32 in order to function
properly) it has become the basis for the standard, Gnu-Win32 build
environments that currently exist.
Available Gnu-Win32 API sets:
There are several API sets available, also within the publicly
available arena (eg GPL/LGPL), they are:
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, items surrounded by parens '(', are
references to systems that the various APIs have been tested on.
DirectX5 (Win95 only -- Currently being ported/tested for NT4 CS* builds)
OpenGL emulators (Win95, NT4/5, Linux, Unix-variants)
OpenGL-GLUT emulators (Win95,WinNT4,NT5,Linux,Unix-variants)
Mesa 3D Graphics Library (Linux/Unix-variants/MSVC&C++)
*For those reading this at penguinplay and linuxgames CS stands for the
CrystalSpace 3D Engine
Win32 Build Environments/compilers/tool-sets:
Mingw32 (Minimalist Win32 for native windows/win32 builds)
GCC/++2 or gcc2
EGCS-Mingw32 (EGCS port of Mingw32)
Due to what appears to be the nature of MS and their SDK releases
there is little or no support for DirectX under a Gnu-Win32 build environment
unless the platform being used is a Win95/Win95-variant or WinNT5.
WinNT5 is still in beta testing and is likely to remain so until the next
millenium. WinNT4 is only minimally supported, under Gnu-Win32, when it
comes to the latest DirectX API.
Rumor has it that MS will be releasing a Service Pack (SP4) to support
DirectX5 about the second or third quarter of 1999. In the meantime, there is
only 'out-of-the-box' support for DX3 under NT4 and then only if you have
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