alternative to .exe downloads

Intel / D945gcr
October 26, 2009 at 08:46:08
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.595 GHz / 1013 MB
A firewall at my workplace network prevents me from downloading .exe files. For example my existing installation of an open source image editor cannot be upgraded anymore. Nor can I download the 'help.exe' files.
In general, I would like to know whether (in principle) I can download and extract source-code available as 'tarballs' and and compile them into windows .exe files using a gcc style compiler. Any leads in this direction are welcome. Thanks for your time.

I made a wise decision, got a bargain deal, and the next day found that my model was outdated.


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#1
October 26, 2009 at 09:03:01
Your workplace has the block on for a reason. I'm sure any trick you try to use to circumvent the blocking is a violation of policy, possibly even reason for dismissal. I suggest you talk to your IT people.

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#2
October 26, 2009 at 20:52:56
Sane advice. I admit, though in a general sense. But I have been around long enough to understand the pros and cons of policy and behave in a responsible way and also take full responsibility for my actions. Downloading source-code need not be construed here as a Smart Aleck "trick" to beat/cheat the system, but should rather be seen as a safe way of getting community certified, malware-free software. Thanks, all the same.
My question though still remains unanswered.

I made a wise decision, got a bargain deal, and the next day found that my model was outdated.


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#3
October 27, 2009 at 04:50:46
Download from home and put it on USB stick or CD.

...as an alternative?

Otherwise I do not know the answer to your question.

Bryan


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#4
October 27, 2009 at 08:14:55
Well thanks Bryco. I guess that was the inevitable option. I think I will have to settle for that if there aren't any other technically feasible solutions.
However I would love to ask (if the Moderators would allow it in this thread), why it is not possible to compile third party apps source-code on my windows host!!

I made a wise decision, got a bargain deal, and the next day found that my model was outdated.


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