---+!! Choosing a Rockbox Development Platform for Windows. %TOC% NOTE:This is a work in progress still. ---++ Why? The Rockbox cross-compiler only works on Unix (not Windows), but a number of ways exist to get some kind of Linux behahiour on Windows to run the compiler on. Prominent ones include: * Cygwin * Virtual Machines (!VMWare, !VirtualBox, !VirtualPC, etc) * !CoLinux * !WinARM (Windows Port of the arm-elf-gcc toolchain, for ARM only) * Interix (POSIX subsystem for Windows NT-based systems) ---++ Breakdown ---+++ Cygwin ---++++ Pros * Lightweight. No heavy RAM usage, no virtual network adapters show up, ---++++ Cons * Sloooooooooow ---+++ Virtual Machines Virtualization is a way of running an OS inside another one, such that one can run Linux in a window on Windows(or a different pair of OSs). ---++++ General Pros * Compiling should be at nearly the same speed it would be at running on the raw metal, if sufficient RAM is available * Gives an easy-to-use GUI for all development work ---++++ General Cons * Heavy on resources (two operating systems at once takes some power). Several GBs free is best, and the more RAM the better. * Heavy install. Often virtual network adapters will be added to your system, and other such things. ---++++ !VMWare ---+++++ Pros * !VMWare Player is free, and allows for easy use of the prebuilt Rockbox dev appliance--just drop it in. * !VMWare Workstation is arguably the best virtualization product for desktop use. * Virtual appliances can be built for free using the online tool [[http://www.easyvmx.com/][EasyVMX]]. ---+++++ Cons * !VMWare Player does not allow creation of appliances, but many are available pre-built online(including one for Rockbox development) * Workstation costs USD $189 * Both are closed source. ----++++ !VirtualBox ---+++++ Pros * !VirtualBox is maintained by Sun Microsystems and comes in both a proprietary and open source edition. Both versions are free like beer (for personal use). * !VirtualBox is available for many major operating systems. * !VirtualBox supports VMDK, which allows it to access VMWare disk images. It should also allow drop-in use of the prebuilt Rockbox dev appliance. ---+++++ Cons * The GPL version lacks a few features, namely USB passthrough to the guest, ability to RDP into the guest, and a virtual SATA controller.
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