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RE: GNUstep on 64 bit Windows

From: Matthew Jimenez
Subject: RE: GNUstep on 64 bit Windows
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:00:48 -0500

Roland Schwingel  wrote:
> Hi...
> As some might know, we are using GNUstep base intensively on windows.
> We are currently in the phase of porting our code to 64bit. So GNUstep
> base
> must also run in 64 bit on windows. After some studying of the code
> (GNUstep base 1.16.3)
> we already have seen a bunch of areas where changes have to be made
> also
> in core
> areas...
> So we want to contribute back all needed patches to this list in
> different waves.
> As we are in the early starting phase doing this, I yet cannot tell the
> exact
> schedule but it will definitely happen soon (within in the next weeks).
> As we do not use anything else than GNUstep base and GNUstep objc we
> can
> only supply patches for these parts.
> So... Some might ask how we want to do that, using which compiler?
> Since quite a while a colleague of mine is doing the gcc 4.3 (and up)
> port of
> gcc and binutils. The toolchain is mostly finished and is publically
> available for a while now. All changes/extensions he made are
> already contributed back upstream to gcc/binutils and other assorted
> code/projects.
> If someone else also wants to work on porting GNUstep to 64bit windows,
> we have set up
> a sourceforge project for the toolchain
> ( where it can
> be downloaded. This toolchain supports both 32bit and 64bit windows and
> is already in use
> by other projects for a while now eg. VLC, ffmpeg, mediaplayer classic,
> mozilla, reactos, wine...
> Is there some preference on your side, how we should organize our
> patches and the
> communication with you, as the changes might cover a wider range of
> code ?
> Thanks in advance,
> i.A. Roland Schwingel

Definitely interesting. I've been using a rather old GNUstep base and have been 
needing a reason to start upgrading. 64-bit might be a good one :-)
As far as mingw goes, I've been holding my breath for a while now for gcc 4.4, 
which AFAICT should have many windows improvement 
(, but I've no idea how 
long it will take for that to be released.
I'm not a GNUstep dev, so maybe others may have some more useful input.

-Matthew Jimenez

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