Cygwin X-Windows Software
Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows only.
General Description: The Cygwin website defines Cygwin as:
“… a Linux-like environment for Windows. It consists of two parts:
- A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux API emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality.
- A collection of tools which provide Linux look and feel. “
Cygwin.com further explains what Cygwin is not:
- “Cygwin is not a way to run native linux apps on Windows. You have to rebuild your application from source if you want it to run on Windows.
- Cygwin is not 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.”
Availability: This product is installed in all CCIT-managed Windows labs.
Scope of License: This software is free.
Documentation: Available from the Cygwin web-site.