Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Dec 2009 23:49 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux After two long years since the last release, Cygwin 1.7 (a Linux-like environment that runs on Windows systems) has been released. Among many other improvement, this release adds support for Windows 7 and Server 2008R2.
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Cygwin is immensely useful
by samad on Thu 24th Dec 2009 19:04 UTC
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For any of you who are stuck on using Windows and wish to use Unix for development, Cygwin with puttycyg for terminal emulation is a godsend. I love using vim + screen for Java development. It does, though, have some problems, such as:
* GNU screen is buggy
* having to convert paths from Cygwin to Windows when using Windows programs; this is what makes running Java with Cygwin cumbersome

I would argue that puttycyg is much better than OS X's since it's much faster and supports proper full screen support that works great with dual monitors.

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RE: Cygwin is immensely useful
by nimble on Thu 24th Dec 2009 19:13 in reply to "Cygwin is immensely useful"
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Have a look at mintty as well, which is a Cygwin-only terminal based on PuTTY's terminal emulation. Available through setup.exe (under 'Shells') or from Among other features, it's got improved xterm compatibility; perhaps that'll help with screen.

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suryad Member since:

Thanks for that link. Dead useful. Didnt realize cygwin had such a cool feature like that. Copy and paste! Awesome! I still dont understand why Windows does not do something like that out of the box...and also why there are no tabbed command prompts like Secure CRT does.

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