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Pedro <pedlino <at>> writes:

In my opinion TDF and LibreOffice should abandon the MS compiler and support
the switch to MinGW which has already been started by Jan Holesovsky (aka

Actually the work to support MinGW was started already back in Sun/Oracle OOo
times, and then continued for LO especially (and only) in the form of support
for MinGW cross-compilation, by me and Kendy.

This would also open the path to using MinGW64 and therefore the creation of
a native 64bit version of LO...

Well, glueing wings onto cows doesn't make them fly; there is also C++/UNO
bridge code to write for this particular copiler/platform combination, and an
unknown amount of other details here and there. Presumably it shouldn't be that
different from the 64-bit MSVC work (modulo assembler syntax and whatnot), but
that is not complete either.
The fact that it is a requirement to use a specific proprietary compiler to
compile a FLOSS program makes the same sense as offering a free complete car
(wheels, tires, etc) but to assemble it you would need to buy a wrench which
is sold by a single company...

Car analogies are stupid.


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