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  • While Perforce's readonlyness and the limited supply of licenses bothers me too (rsync just does not cut it, while I have patches waiting in my tree), doing something that makes it even more difficult for Win32 programmers to participate seems to me to be a very bad idea.

    I can barely get feedback from Win32 users on my pure-Perl modules; it's difficult to believe that there are any Win32 programmers interested in using Perl and willing to install both Cygwin and Git to get at the source code.

    • All I can say in reply to that is that Im one of a very small group of active contributors to Perl5 that uses Win32. And if it doesnt bother me, I'm not too sure why it should bother anybody else. Egotistical I guess, but hey, disk space is cheap, and installing cygwin is easy.

      Also, I tend to think that anybody doing serious OpenSource dev on Win32 has Cygwin installed anyway. Its just too useful and too much of pain to get the required toolsets working from elsewhere.

      But, I have to say I dont see how we ge
      • I have to agree that if you want to change it then whatever you replace it with needs to be Win32 friendly and not the "cygwin" variety of Win32.

        • Id love to know why. I mean, whats the difference between installing an app that links against the cygwin dll's and something that links against some custom active-x object or whatnot?

          From a end user experience, I go to the Cygwin setup tool, select git, procede with the install and I'm done. I then go to my shell and follow the tutorial for using git and it all apears to work just fine.

          So whats the objection?
          • I hate the way Cygwin tries to map the Windows drive letter fiasco to a Unixoid filesystem hierarchy. It grates on my sensitivities every step of the way when I try to use Cygwin.