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GnuWin32 – GNU on Windows

As we all know, all the windows user are cursed by proprietary tools. It’s tough to find standard tools which are available on Linux.

I was looking for a code indenting tool on Windows XP. The obvious choice is GNU indent, I have used it on Fedora. Thanks to GnuWin32 which provides ports of gnu indent with an open source license, on Windows.

GnuWin32 provides ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license, to MS-Windows (Microsoft Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008).

The GnuWin32 project provides Win32-versions of GNU tools, or tools with a similar open source licence. The ports are native ports, that is they rely only on libraries provided with any standard 32-bits MS-Windows operating system, such as MS-Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista. Native ports do not rely on some kind of Unix emulation, such as CygWin or Msys, so that there is no need to install additional emulation libraries.

At present, all developments have been done under MS-Windows-XP, using the MinGW port of the GNU C and C++ (GCC) compilers. Utilities and libraries provided by GnuWin32, are used and distributed with packages such as GNU Emacs and KDE-Windows.

The packages that have been ported, fall into four broad categories: