I launched Cygwin Ports over five years ago in order to make a few
Cygwin packages which I had built freely available for others to test
and use. Since then, with the help of many, the repository has
ballooned to over 1000 packages comprising more than 4GB of tarballs.
Work on Cygwin 1.7, GNOME 2.26, KDE 4.2, and Xfce 4.6 was well
underway, but I have now hit a major snag.
I regret to inform you that my computer is down and needs to be
replaced. The power supply went, and as a proprietary computer
(surplussed by a client a few years ago), the case and power supply
are not of the standard ATX form factor. The only replacement option
appears to be from the manufacturer itself, but it turns out that both
the original and replacement parts are both relatively expensive and
somewhat underpowered. (No wonder the original went!) I considered
transplanting the computer into an old ATX case, but the case is
manufactured in such a way that the motherboard cannot be extracted.
So now I'm left to building from scratch.
I never really knew how many people have benefited from this work over
the years, except for those who have come out and said so through the
list, which I really appreciate, and is all I've ever asked for, until
I would like to thank those who donated last fall on cgf's urging
after the Cygwin/X transition. Some of those funds were used for the
cygwinports.org domain registration; what now remains will go towards
a new computer. I need a few hundred more CAD in order to get a
computer that will allow me to continue development for Cygwin 1.7 and
keep up with the many packages which were available until now.
Donations may be made through PayPal; go to http://cygwinports.org/
and click on the "Make A Donation" button.
Thank you for your support.