On Wed, 22 Nov 2000 John van V. wrote Re: [Mingw-users] Fwd: UWIN Licensing
> At that point I will have a GNU blessed MinGW product, and I will be as
> happy as a, well, pig in sh*t.
> GNU/Win32 is such a slap in the face for Microsoft, it ~has~ to win !!
I hope it isn't wrong for me to chime in here. I agree with this. MinGW is
really *subversive* in the best sense of the word -- taking M$' own run-
times as the basis for creating applications that run well on Wins yet don't
have their "birth" in the Ur-vile laboratories of Microsoft's development
products [ ref. to literature: "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" by
Stephen R. Donaldson ].
For me, it isn't about "religiously" hating Microsoft or about baiting those
who are partisans of its realm -- as benighted as I know them to be ;-).
What MinGW does is (quietly) show that enslaved beings can rise up and
turn the tools of their abject bondage into a part of the means of their
emancipation. Ideally, ultimately, many of those who initially hear about
MinGW and perhaps use it will find themselves in a position to embrace
Free Software in a thorough-going way. It's like building a transient
platform for a future leap into a different realm. MinGW's role can be
ambassadorial (if there is such a word). It causes a paradigm shift to begin,
for some of those who learn that Windows apps CAN be created using other
than commercial (esp. M$) tools. It rocks people's worlds, in the vernacular.
John, I am glad you are on board with MinGW and all the best to you
(we've met in context of NYpm meetings or related, in the City).