Linux without sighted help
lee_maschmeyer at wayne.edu
Mon Feb 4 14:51:00 UTC 2008
If I remember correctly, Tony is running a version of Cygwin which is
several years out of date. Statements about what it won't do should probably
be taken in context.
Obviously there are things that absolutely won't compile; there are also
things that absolutely will. One can throw out the baby with the bath water;
I prefer to keep the baby for what the baby is worth, not expecting it to
turn into a non-baby. For a beginner who won't jump right into compiling
kernels the first day, Cygwin is a good learning tool, and for the things it
works with it's a good use tool also. The concept is obviously not deemed
valueless by its developers since multiple updates per week generally occur,
most of them from generic sources.
Brltty worked on Cygwin long before it worked on DOS, and the DOS version
still isn't really ready for prime time. (Samuel or Dave, please correct me
if this is no longer true.)
Bottom line: Tony doesn't like it; I do. Pay your money (free!) and take
(I don't have any particular need for Kermit since I use ssh, but I'll check
it out if I get a chance.)
<lee_maschmeyer at wayne.edu>
"Be kind to your fur-bearing friends,
For a skunk may be somebody's brother."
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