> That's too sad ...
> I thought it emulates a Linux or Unix system on top of Win32.
> Like a new Linux variant ...
Can you tell me what led you to imagine this?
Well ... first think about uname, which returns MINGW32_NT, not "Windows XP Professional SP2" Than many software products have a "mingw/cygwin" port, not a "Windows" port..
And then if you think about it ... it has to be: if you try to build a piece of Linux, you will soon find that you also need the other pieces. Then portable software is meant to be configured and compiled on many platforms, without changes, right ? Is it not a target for mingw to be one of these platforms ?