Get that Linux feeling - on Windows
This is the home of the Cygwin project
- a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality
similar to a
- a DLL (cygwin1.dll) which provides substantial POSIX API functionality.
Cygwin is not:
- a way to run native Linux apps on Windows. You must
rebuild your application from source if you want it to run on Windows.
- 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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The Cygwin DLL currently works with all recent, commercially released
x86 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows, starting with Windows XP SP3.
NOTE: The most recent Cygwin version 2.5.2 will be the last version
supporting Windows XP and Server 2003.
For more information see the FAQ.
Current Cygwin DLL version
The most recent version of the Cygwin DLL is
Install it by running setup-x86.exe (32-bit installation)
or setup-x86_64.exe (64-bit installation).
Use the setup program to perform a fresh install
or to update an existing installation.
Note that individual packages in the distribution are updated separately
from the DLL so the Cygwin DLL version is not useful as a general Cygwin
distribution release number.
Support for Cygwin
For all Cygwin-related questions and observations, please
check the resources available at this site, such as the
User's Guide and the
mailing list archives. If you've exhausted
these resources then please send email to an
appropriate mailing list.
This includes observations about web pages, setup
questions, questions about where to find things, questions about why
things are done a certain way, questions about the color preferences of
Cygwin developers, questions about the meaning of the number 42, etc.
Please send notification of technical problems (bad html, broken
links) concerning these web pages to
the Cygwin mailing list.
Please do not send personal email with "quick questions" to
individual Cygwin contributors. The Cygwin mailing lists are the places
for all questions. Really. I mean it.