A reader writes:
“At the end of TYU24, you mention MKS as a Windows-based shell. I checked their website as an avenue of learning Unix/Linux without resorting to dual-boots, or multiple systems (I’m a little short on space to accomidate another tower, and short on cash to build a new micro). While they do offer evaluation versions, and educational discounts, they are still a little steep on the price range. Is there another package that may
follow GPL (GNU Public License) or maybe a more cost effective package for
Yes, MKS went from being pretty darn cheap to being, well, pretty darn not cheap. In terms of alternatives, here are a couple worth checking out:
A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality, and a collection of tools, which provide Linux look and feel.
The Cygwin DLL works with all non-beta, non “release candidate”, ix86 versions of Windows since Windows 95, with the exception of Windows CE.
- GNU Utilities for Win32
- Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools.
There are more options, but those two seem to be the best options. Worth checking out is a centralized information repository on Unix for Windows at http://www.math.utah.edu/~beebe/gnu-on-windows.html.