|Subject:||[Swarm Announce] MinGW: New way to use Swarm in Windows|
|Date:||Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:33:43 -0700|
|User-agent:||Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/20110804 Thunderbird/3.1.12|
o The MinGW compiler produces a Windows native executable that you can launch from Windows instead of having to launch from inside Cygwin.
o You can distribute working models as a zip file (etc.) that contains everything needed to run the code, including the Swarm libraries. Users can just unzip the directories and run your model.
o Installation is just a matter of installing standard MinGW, then copying the Swarm MinGW binaries onto your computer. Unlike Cygwin, there seem to be no consistent problems with any version of Windows.
o Models run faster (up to 25% in tests so far) in MinGW vs. Cygwin executables.
All the information you need is on the Swarm wiki: start at http://www.swarm.org
Thanks to Marcus Daniels for having the original idea and making the initial effort, and to Charlie Sharpsteen for overcoming the final obstacles.
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