Thursday, April 7, 2011

Linux on Windows: CYGWIN

In order to setup a working linux environment on Windows try Cygwin. Cygwin is a implementation of a range of linux functions/functionality for Windows.

  1. Go to and download the setup file.
  2. Run the file by double click and choose "install from internet".
  3. When prompted I prefer to install Cygwin to "Program Files", which although warned about does not seem to give problems.
  4. When prompted for choosing packages choose:
    • Editors
      • emacs
      • mc
    • Net
      • openssh
      • rsync
  5. Finish the installation. 
  6. Run (double click) the shortcut on the desktop. It will create your home folder in the appropriate location (in this case (english WinXP) "C:\Program Files\cygwin\home\you").
  7. In the Cygwin window run "ssh" which will create the ".ssh" folder in your home folder.