Why Cygwin is better than MinGW for WIndows if you need Unix or Linux like tools including gcc c++ compiler

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(Last Updated On: October 22, 2012)

Why Cygwin is better than MinGW for WIndows if you need Unix or Linux like tools including gcc c++ compiler

I have investigated this as I am coming close to getting something running for an high frequency trading environment. It seems with what I will propose, it can be cross compiled for multiple operating systems including Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, etc.

For Windows and how I can develop the supporting technology Windows tool, I am investigating which UNIX like Windows environment to go with. Cygwin or MinGW. If you got this link:


It seems there is a preference to Cygwin which I agree with. MinGW was just a bitch to set up with all the extra Linux tools you don’t get with. Also, most banking I worked with use Cygwin as well. Good enough for me.

As for the tools, I am looking at gcc as my primary tool I need for what operating system.

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