[PD] How to build Flext with MinGW on Windows XP

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Sat May 11 20:25:44 CEST 2013

Hi List,
     Here's a walkthrough I've written for João Pais to build the Leapmotion external on a Windows machine:


Unfortunately it looks like that particular external relies on a SDK from the vendor that requires the user to join a mailinglist and (probably) agree to some terms, which I'm not willing to do.  If anyone has a Leapmotion device and wants to tell me what steps to add to my walkthrough I'll be happy to update it (as well as making suggestions if you can't get the external to compile).

After reading about Apple's signing policy for apps, I added a few politically-motivated "digressions" that briefly touch on the problems of habitually using general-purpose computers with software that doesn't adhere to the four freedoms[1] of the GNU GPL[2].


[1] http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
[2] 3-Clause BSD and other licenses used by some of the code/externals in Pd-extended also guarantee those same four freedoms for the user of the software.  The difference is essentially that these other licenses don't make it a legal requirement for the user to follow the "golden rule" if they decide to redistribute the software.  (Licenses like the GPL which do make this requirement are also referred to as "copyleft" licenses.)

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