Dear GAP Forum,
A number of users have reported problems using GAP4 under non-English language
versions of Windows 95 and 98. The main problem is that the caret (^) key does
not work, but other similar problems have been reported.
This seems to stem from a problem between these versions of Windows and the
Cygnus development environment that we use for the Windows version of GAP4.
Hopefully, Cygnus will fix this at some point in the future, but until then,
there is little that we can do.
If it is possible for you, we recommend installing Linux, and running GAP
under Linux. We develop mainly under Linux and GAP works well there, but we
recognise that this is not possible for all users. We hear reports of versions
of Linux ("winlinux") that run "on top" of a Windows installation without
requiring repartitioning, but I know nothing about these.
Users report that the problem does NOT arise under even non-English versions
of WIndows NT, so changing to this OS is also a possible solution.
As a final workaround, we would remark that the GAP4 expression POW( <arg1>,
<expt> ) should have exactly the same results as (<arg1>^<expt>).
This and a few other known problems are mentioned at the end of the
installation instructions file "INSTALL.WIN".