Building Linux on Windows

By Richard Danter

Something I am often asked is why can't Linux platforms be built on a Windows host?

This usually comes from engineers who, despite having to develop for Linux, are locked in to a Windows desktop at the office.

Well, in theory it is possible, but there are quite a few hurdles that make it less than ideal.

It is already possible to build many Linux applications on a Windows host using a cross compiler and tools like Cygwin. Platforms, comprising of complete root
file systems, are a little more tricky though.

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