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Cygwin - what is this thing? - the first wobbly steps of a Linux noob
[July 27, 2006]
So... enter the world of cygwin! .... I think.... as I am a complete noob with this program. I am however looking forward to testing this thing!?
Home of cygwin is: www.cygwin.com
I suppose cygwin is not exactly Linux, but with access to the source files of whatever runs under Linux, I expect to be able to run most of these programs under cygwin. This is one of my goals anyway.
This gives you a Linux like command prompt - or as it is called under cygwin: a bash! Or what was known in the DOS days as: the DOS screen.
lot of fun or very entertaining, when you are used to windows and the graphical
user interface, so I'll make haste and install KDE and X, two graphical user
interfaces that run under Linux and have been ported to cygwin.
|Installing more of the cygwin
You should now have a new entry in your windows start menu under programs, called "cygwin-X"
I'll now explore how X runs under cygwin. Mind you this will be the
first time ever I try out X
|[July 27, 2006 - part 2]
Well, clicking any of the X icons seems to give me... nothing!
So on to the x.cygwin.com site and read the documentation. Aha! a batch file called startxwin.bat needs to be activated. This is said to be located at /usr/X11R6/bin/startxwin.bat
|Looking at my drive (P:) I now have a whole range of new
folders under cygwin:
All right!!! now I see all the folders I have seen so often looking at Linux manuals. The BIN, the USR folder and more. GREAT! this is exactly what I wanted to get more familiar with.
|And in the USR folder there is the startxwin.bat
The startxwin.bat now has a shortcut in my startmenu.
And its started.....and the firewall tells me that xwin is listening on all ports.
|Here is a picture of a few Xwindows running - on my
|There is the terminal program and an editor, a
calculator and a graphics demo program.
This experience gives me some peace of mind, as I now hope to be able to have better remote control options of a dedicated Linux PC.
A dedicated Server PC have been waiting for a couple of months in the server room in the basement of our building association, but I have been reluctant to install anything on it, as I do NOT want to spend hours and hours sitting in a noise server room, trying to learn more about Linux. And as I have already mentioned, I also have to little room around my work desk.
Yes, this is a good feeling for a few hours of work - getting to grips with some cygwin - and some Linux stuff.