Cygwin 3.2.0  Pick    

Size:  1.2MB

License:   FREE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2021-03-30

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OS:  Windows All

Downloads:   28147

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Software Product Description

Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows.

It consists of a DLL (cygwin1.dll), which acts as an emulation layer providing substantial POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) system call functionality, and a collection of tools, which provide a Linux look and feel.

The Cygwin DLL works with all x86 versions of Windows since Windows 95.

It consists of two parts:

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

Cygwin is not a way to run native linux apps on Windows. You have to rebuild your application from source if you want to get it running on Windows.

Cygwin is not a way to magically make native Windows apps aware of UNIX functionality, like signals, ptys, etc. Again, you need to build your apps from source if you want to take advantage of Cygwin functionality.

Note also that, by default, setup.exe does not install everything.

Only the base cygwin distribution is installed by default. When running setup.exe, clicking on categories and packages in the package installation screen will provide you with the ability to control what is installed or updated.

For instance, clicking on the "Default" field next to the "All" category will provide you with the opportunity to install every Cygwin package.

Cygwin can be expected to run on all modern 32 bit versions of Windows, except Windows CE.

Be advised that this will download and install hundreds of megabytes to your computer. The best plan is probably to click on individual categories and install either entire categories or packages from the categories themselves.


"a superb toolset"

Reviewer: -Gorlash

Review Date: 2013-04-23

Pros: This package offers many tools that are otherwise not readily available under Windows, especially if one is predominantly a command-line user.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This is *not* a Linux-emulation package, but it does offer a huge set of standard Linux/unix command-line tools, which is very handy for folks who work in the command shell, especially if one is familiar with *nix commands


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