[Pdx-pm] RE: [Off Topic] *nix Question

Kevin Long kevin.long at iovation.com
Fri Jul 23 10:51:21 CDT 2004

One of the first things I do when an office gives me a windows box to be
my primary PC (outlook exchange etc) is install Cygwin on it. Quick and
easy hassle free installation. Tweak it so that its commands are
available from the windows command line as well as bash.
Newer versions also support running xwindows applications under windows.
I find that *nix by design lends itself to emulation better than windows
does. So when I need to run both platform (after a fashion) on one box
concurrently I use Cygwin. I also find that code written against Cygwin
versions of Apache, Mysql, PHP, Perl port back and forth to "real" linux
production platforms with much fewer compatibility issues than one would
have using "native windows" versions of these applications.

Kevin Ernest Long | Creator of Cool
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Subject: [Pdx-pm] RE: [Off Topic] *nix Question


Looking for some advice.  I've been a M$ programmer for a while (ASP,
VB.Net, etc) but always kept a small amount of Perl knowledge in my
back pocket so I could miraculously glue everything together.  Now I
am being faced with a shift in environments.  Unix is the route my
department is taking and I must adapt.  I have heard a couple
suggestions about transitioning over - CoLinux, running RedHat under
VMWare, buying an old pc and putting Debian on it....      

Basically I want to be able to learn more about Unix basics and do it
on my laptop - without changing over my main operating system.  Any
suggestions from the group?  Any experiences with CoLinux?  

Thanks for any help,

Joel Stout (PDX PM Uberlurker)
Calaban on PerlMonks
EDI Systems Engineer

*My last email bounced because my address changed.  Hopefully you won't
be bothered with two of these emails.

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