[ANN] Win-builds 1.5-rc3 - simpler, more packages, GUI package manager, almost final release
The third release candidate for Win-builds 1.5 is now available.
Win-builds is a fully-free and open-source, fully-bootstrapped and
multi-platform project which provides compilers, libraries and tools for
Windows along with cross-compilers from Linux (or any system with a GNU
The 1.5 version greatly improves setup on both Windows and Linux. On
Linux installation has been simplified down to cloning 4 git
repositories and running make. On Windows, a graphical installer is
provided and installation is completely usecase-agnostic: msys*, cygwin,
IDEs, or bare cmd.exe.
The compatibility for Linux versions has been maintained back to Ubuntu
12.04 and Debian squeeze (oldstable) although with a few known
On Windows, the compatibility goal is >= Vista (it should still work on
XP but it can't be officially supported anymore).
Documentation has been updated for 1.5 and thanks to the improved
ease-of-use, is noticeably shorter (writing less doc was the actual
motivation behind these changes :) ).
There are several new packages and many updates. The link to the full
list is given in the links at the end of this message. In RC3, all the
available security updates have been applied. Moreover, installation on
Linux is now twice as fast since the build of Qt has been stripped down.
This should be the last candidate before the 1.5.0 release and is now
the version advertised on the website.
The install steps for 1.4 (i.e. the previous release) are going to be
changed since some choices were poor. The documentation will be updated
Special thanks to #RERB for all the time it gives when it comes to
Screenshot of the GUI:
Installation on MSYS* and Cygwin:
Installation on Linux:
Bug tracker, mailing-lists and IRC:
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