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GNU Software for MS-Windows and MS-DOS and Compatible Systems (2nd edition) (book with CD)

by D. Hagerty, M. Weisshaus & E. Zaretskii

GNU Software for MS-Windows and MS-DOS and Compatible Systems book cover image 150 Pages plus CD-ROM
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June 2001
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The CD contains a collection of executables and source code for popular GNU programs that run on a Microsoft Windows machine. The accompanying book contains a detailed installation guide.

This second edition is updated for Windows ME and NT, as well as being backwards-compatible for Windows 2000, 98, 95 and 3.X. It can also be used on MS-DOS Versions 4 and up. Note, this version was not configured for Windows XP.

Programs include: the DOS and Windows versions of our popular GNU C and C++ Compiler, DJGPP and Cygwin; a full-sized Emacs, our popular editor; the Perl programming language; the multi-lingual GNU Debugger, GDB; GNU Make, our popular automated update compiler utility; Gzip, a file-compression program; and Bash, a versatile shell.

Other programs included are: GNU Binary utilities including the GNU assembler and linker, Bison, cpio, diff, Flex, GNU Awk, Fileutils, Findutils, Ghostscript, grep, groff, IDutils, ispell, less, TeX, Texinfo, the GNU Text Utilities, RCS, sed, and the GNU Shell Utilities.

The GNU Project has spent the past 15 years developing a Unix-like operating system whose name is GNU. Over the years, various GNU programs have been ported to MS-DOS and MS-Windows. Now we have published a collection of these ports, and some other free software, with convenient installation facilities, on a CD-ROM that comes in a book.

The GNU packages on the CD-ROM range from the versatile GNU shell Bash to a powerful text editor and programming environment (GNU Emacs 20.5) and a widely-used file-compression utility (Gzip 1.2.4a). The second edition now includes GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (as of 2000-10-07).

For developers, this CD-ROM contains DJGPP, the MS-DOS port of GCC 2.95.2, which is a C++ and ANSI C compiler with a POSIX-compliant C library. In addition, it provides a full programming toolkit, from editor to debugger to project maintenance utilities. DJGPP supports a flat 32-bit address space with built-in virtual memory and more.

The contents also include the following:

Since the CD is published by the Free Software Foundation, the entire contents are free software; the source code is included, and you have the right to copy, modify and redistribute all of the software.

The programs on the CD-ROM should run on the following systems: All X86 systems (Intel 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro, Cyrix 586, 686, Celeron, Duron, etc.) running MS-DOS 4.0 and higher, Windows 3.1/3.11, Windows 95/98/ME/2000 and NT 3/4.

NOTE: Some copies of the CD-ROM as released mid-September 2001 had a replication problem that prevents the installation of NTEmacs. The FSF would like to apologize to purchasers of that edition. All CDs still in stock were replaced, but some books were already sent to distributors and bookstores. If you have purchased a defective CD through a bookstore, you can return it to the store for replacement. You may also send email to with your address and the name of the bookstore where you purchased it, and we will send you a new CD.

We do not aim to make GNU software run best on MS Windows -- we write it for the GNU operating system. GNU software can enhance proprietary Microsoft systems in technical respects, but if you want freedom, you can't get it with a proprietary Microsoft operating system. To be free, you need to replace the proprietary system with a free operating system, such as Debian GNU/Linux.

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