Cygwin bringin’ *nix to windows

bring a little Linux into your world. Cygwin is an awesome program (shell? environment? whatever) that creates a Linux view of your Windows system. you get yourself a command prompt exactly like a Linux terminal. From here you can navigate around your C drive, do as many fast searches as you’d like, even run bash/ksh/whatever-sh scripts.

Cygwin (pronounced sɪɡwɪn) is a collection of tools developed to provide in Microsoft Windows a command line and programming interface familiar to Unix users.

It consists of two parts:

  • A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux API emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality.
  • A collection of tools which provide Linux look and feel.

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