Thursday, March 20, 2008

Running Linux applications on windows

There are times when a windows user would have felt that he could run some applications that are natively available for Linux could have been run under windows. There are solutions to have Linux running on the same machine, like dual boot. Other means could be install Vmware or virtual box. Though the first method requires one to boot in either of the mode, and in second, one would need to switch between the operating system. Well these work fine if one requires complete Linux feel.
But, if one is looking some means to run some Linux applications like shell mode svn client or Linux like path etc Cygwin is a good alternative.

Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It provides Linux API emulation and collection of tools which provide Linux look and feel. Though Cygwin is not a way to run native linux applications on Windows.
One another alternative is andLinux. Its a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in windows based system.
I used VMware initially to do a lot of Linux tasks while running windows, but for a developer I guess Cygwin and andLinux are good choice.

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