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2.3 Compiling GNU Go on Microsoft platforms

GNU Go is being developed on Unix variants. GNU Go is easy to build and install on those platforms. GNU Go 3.2 has support for building on MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows NT/2000 and Windows 95/98.

There are two approaches to building GNU Go on Microsoft platforms.

  1. The first approach is to install a Unix-like environment based on ports of GCC to Microsoft platforms. This approach is fully supported by the GNU Go developers and works well. Several high quality free Unix-environments for Microsoft platforms are available.

    One benefit of this approach is that it is easier to participate in Gnu Go's development. These unix environments come for instance with the `diff' and `patch' programs necessary to generate and apply patches.

    Another benefit of the unix environments is that development versions (which may be stronger than the latest stable version) can be built too. The supporting files for VC are not always actively worked on and consequently are often out of sync for development versions, so that VC will not build cleanly.

  2. The second approach is to use compilers such as Visual C developed specially for the Microsoft platform. GNU Go 2.6 and later support Visual C. Presently we support Visual C through the project files which are supplied with the distribution.

The rest of this section gives more details on the various ways to compile GNU go for Microsoft platforms.

2.3.1 Windows 95/98, MS-DOS and Windows 3.x using DJGPP  
2.3.2 Windows NT, Windows 95/98 using Cygwin  Windows NT, 95/98 using Cygwin
2.3.3 Windows NT, Windows 95/98 using MinGW32  Windows NT, 95/98 using MINGW32
2.3.4 Windows NT, Windows 95/98 using Visual C and project files  Visual C++ using Project Files


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