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+ - The anatomy of a port: X11/Motif to Windows

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Vilorman
Vilorman writes "A command line Unix application running on Regulus, born in the late 1980's slowly made it way from the old 8MHz machines into a SunOS/X11 application in the early 1990's and adopted Motif as a primary widget set and user interface structure. Later on it was ported to Solaris/SPARC while keeping the X11/Motif interface and then again compiled on Solaris/X86. As time progressed even further and Solaris lost it's strong hold and PCI hardware became more readily available this application made it way into the Linux world; starting with Redhat 7.3, then Fedora Core 3 and is now developed and shipped on Fedora 5. Still, using the X11/Motif user interface. The only place left to go, and demanded by the user base is Microsoft Windows. But how??? How do you port an application that uses PCI hardware and Linux device drivers from X11/Motif to MS Windows. So, I ask all ye wise slashdotters — how do we do this? What is best way to do this? To get an application ported from Unix to Windows? Books? References? Links? Advice?"

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