GnuWin32 Alternatives

    GnuWin32 is described as 'provides Win32 (MS Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008) ports of tools with a GNU or similar open source license'. There are more than 10 alternatives to GnuWin32 for Windows, Online / Web-based, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is Free Software Directory, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GnuWin32 are Libre Projects (Free, Open Source), MSYS2 (Free, Open Source), Open Source Software Directory (Free) and Linux App Finder (Free).

    This page was last updated Nov 23, 2018

    1. The Free Software Directory is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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    2. A directory of free & open source hosted web applications and alternatives to many proprietary web services.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.
    3. The aim of the Open Source Software Directory is to list the best and most promising open source software available on the Internet. The focus is on end-user programs for home users, and small and medium businesses.
    4. When I first switched to Linux from Windows, one problem I had was finding good programs to accomplish some of the same tasks I was already doing. I knew there were plenty out there, but I didnt know how to find them. Linux App Finder was an idea that developed out of my search.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software. Our mission is to provide easy access to high quality open source alternatives to well-known commercial products. And remember that open source software is also a freeware alternative.

      Discontinued

      No longer updated. Last news dates back to June 2012

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries.

      Discontinued

      No activity for over a year.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Collection of ports to MS-Windows of GNU and Unix software packages, which either don't have precompiled Windows binaries available, or whose existing ports are buggy or broken. All the ports are built using the MinGW development environment, with or without MSYS.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Cash is a cross-platform implementation of Unix shell commands written in pure ES6. Think Cygwin, except: - No native compiling - No ugly DLLs - Works in any terminal - 1/15th of the size Runs using Node.js
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