Building Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Firebird on Windows

Thursday July 17th, 2003

Henrik Gemal writes: "I'm a Mozilla fan! And being able to build Mozilla Thunderbird and/or Mozilla Firebird on my Windows XP machine sounded cool. I didn't have Microsoft Visual C++ so I needed to build without any tools from Microsoft, aside from Windows XP of couse.

"So here we go: Build Mozilla Thunderbird and/or Mozilla Firebird in 14 easy steps!"

#20 Re: Compiling without Cygwin

by raizor

Friday July 18th, 2003 6:07 AM

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IIRC, software needs cygwin to build when it's using unix style api's as cygwin comes with a dll that provides a unix api on top of windows, whereas mingw provides a set of compilers and header files for createing 'real' windows apps - ie apps that are using the native windows api as oppossed to the unix api.