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UNIXReview: Cygwin: UNIX/Linux Shell Environment and Portability Layer [Review]

Apr 15, 2000, 19:38 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"While the rapidly increasing popularity of Linux has Windows users asking "But will I be able to run my Windows software in Linux?", we sometimes forget that there is another side to that question. Seasoned UNIX and Linux users know that working on a Windows platform (as they sometimes must in the workplace) means giving up the power afforded by the tools they must leave behind every time they boot Windows."

"Enter Cygwin, formerly from Cygnus solutions, now from Red Hat Software. Cygnus, as some of you may know, was recently acquired by Red Hat Software. Cygwin is a collection of GNU tools ported to Windows (95, 98, NT) using the Cygwin runtime library. Furthermore, Cygwin allows a developer to use the standard Win32 API or Cygwin's runtime (which actually makes more sense - more on that later). Cygwin comes with the GNUPro gcc compiler, debugging tools, and more. Best of all, Cygwin brings a little of what makes UNIX and Linux so great to your Windows system."

"One word on the free download vs. the boxed set. The CD-ROM comes with the Cygwin environment, full source code, and a great deal of contributed software including Perl, lesstif, xemacs, and more. It's not all work, though. In the contrib directory, you'll find the classic fortune program and gnuchess as well. It's a question of simplicity. You can also find a lot of this software if you simply visit the Web site and start digging. As with many Open Source projects, you'll find a community of people working with and developing with Cygwin."

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