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Cygwin is a UNIX layer for Windows, now developed by Red Hat. It consists of two parts:

  • a DLL (cygwin1.dll) which fills in the UNIX API functionality that Windows does not already include, and
  • a collection of textmode and X tools, ported from UNIX, which provide UNIX/Linux look and feel.

Cygwin is sometimes used by UNIX developers to compile a version of their program that can be demonstrated on a Windows machine.

The Cygwin DLL works with all non-beta, non “release candidate”, ix86 versions of Windows since Windows 95, with the exception of Windows CE.

The counterpart of WINE/DOSEMU


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