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How To: Get Linux Power on Your Windows PC with Cygwin

Sep 03, 2010, 16:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Castle)

"In this guide, we'll show you how to get Cygwin set up, the basics of how to navigate a Unix file system, and how to find more information as you need it.

"1. Install Cygwin

"To get started with Cygwin, go to www.cygwin.com and click the link that says "Install or update now." Run the setup.exe program that gets downloaded, and when asked, select the Install from Internet radial button. The location that you choose to install Cygwin to is important, because that same folder will (by default) act as the root of your simulated Unix file system. In other words, pick somewhere with a little extra disk space. You'll be asked where to store the downloaded installation files (anywhere's fine, as long as you have enough room to handle what can be a gig or two of optional packages) and what kind of connection type you use. For most people, the Direct Connection setting will be fine."

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