Cygwin 1.7.5

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Cygwin 1.7.5
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Version: 1.7.5
Size: 299 KB
Publisher: Cygwin Development Team
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License [?]: Open Source
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 2000
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Publisher's Description of Cygwin

" A Linux-like environment for Windows. "
- From Cygwin Development Team

What Is Cygwin?
Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. 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.

The Cygwin DLL currently works with all recent, commercially released x86 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows, with the exception of Windows CE.

The Cygwin tools are ports of the popular GNU development tools for Microsoft Windows. They run thanks to the Cygwin library which provides the POSIX system calls and environment these programs expect.

With these tools installed, it is possible to write Windows console or GUI applications that make use of significant parts of the POSIX API. As a result, it is possible to easily port many Unix programs without the need for extensive changes to the source code. This includes configuring and building most of the available GNU software (including the packages included with the Cygwin development tools themselves) as well as lots of BSD tools and packages (including OpenSSH). Even if the development tools are of little to no use to you, you may have interest in the many standard POSIX utilities provided with the package. They can be used from one of the provided Unix shells like bash, tcsh or zsh, as well as from the standard Windows command shell if you have to for some sad reason.

What Isn't Cygwin?
* Cygwin is not a way to run native linux apps on Windows. You have to rebuild your application from source if you want it to run 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.

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linux   |  windows   |  dll   |  gnu   |  microsoft   |  posix   |  library   

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