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.