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Cygwin began in [] as a project of [[Steve Chamberlain]], a [[Cygnus Solutions|Cygnus]] engineer who observed that Windows NT and 95 used [[COFF]] as their [[object file format]], and that GNU already included support for [[x86]] and COFF, and the C library [[newlib]]; so at least in theory it should not be difficult to retarget [[GNU Compiler Collection|GCC]] and get a [[cross compiler]] producing executables that would run on Windows. This proved to be so in practice, and a prototype came up quickly.
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The next step was to attempt to bootstrap the compiler on a Windows system, but this required enough emulation of Unix to let the [[Autoconf|GNU configure]] [[shell script]] run, which requires a shell like [[bash]], which in turn requires [[Fork (computing)|fork]] and [[Standard streams|standard I/O]]. Windows includes similar functionality, so the Cygwin library proper just needs to translate calls and manage private versions of data, such as [[file descriptor]]s.