On 2004-04-29 08:23+0200 Arjen Markus wrote:
> Hello Jean,
> as far as I know, there is only a source code distribution available.
> If you do not have access to a compiler, can you tell me/us (see the
> cc) how you want to use it, e.g. in one of the supported scripting
> I have no experience in distributing the libraries in binary form,
> so if you require that, then I would need some help myself ...
> What are the ideas about providing a binary distribution for
> the more popular platforms?
> (I can imagine a number of disadvantages and advantages, and
> I tend to think the disadvantages weigh heavy - increased
> workload and so on ...)
I think the best bet for any windows user without the money to rent a
compiler from MS is to use Cygwin (http://www.cygwin.com/). That
windows-based Unix-like platform is free (in both senses of the word) and
provides the excellent gcc compiler (and a whole lot more). Recent reports
indicate PLplot works well (with some documented, but not show-stopping
constraints, see our INSTALL file) on Cygwin.
Of course, Arjen, if you do decide to do a binary windows distribution
most/all of the work would fall on your shoulders since the rest of the
core developers have little windows expertise.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org), the Yorick front-end to PLplot (yplot.sf.net), the
Loads of Linux Links project (loll.sf.net), and the Linux Brochure Project