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Old 05-18-2012
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How to practice unix commands on windows 7 machine

I am pretty new to UNIX and would like to know how i can run unix commands on a windows 7 machine. Basically, I want to practice running commands, created bash/awk/etc. scripts. I've read some things about cygwin, but it doesn't sound like it's exactly what I'm looking for.

Any suggestions?
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You have roughly three options:
1) Use something like cygwin to create a program environment where you can work with unix commands. This is sometimes sufficient for ad-hoc data manipulation and/or to learn some unix commands.
2) Setup your pc to dual-boot. One side is normal Windows, and the other side a unix environment.
3) Make your pc completely unix, as in a linux workstation.

Loading and running cygwin may be the easiest solution for you.
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Another popular option is to set up a virtual PC with Linux or UNIX running inside it.

This is more realistic than Cygwin, which is still subject to the usual Windows limitations and problems.
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For setting up virtualized Unix/Linux environment under Windows you have three options:
  • Oracle VirtualBox
  • VMWare Workstation
  • Microsoft VirtualPC
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Im a newbie, and Ive found Cygwin is great for learning.
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