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019: How can I run a Unix/Linux application in Windows?


Unix/Linux applications will not run natively in Windows. However, Cygwin/X provides a Linux-like environment in Windows, allowing the use of certain common Linux tools.

Cygwin/X is a port of the X Window System to the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Cygwin/X works with all recent, commercially released x86 32-bit and 64 bit versions of Windows.

Cygwin/X consists of an X Server, X libraries, and nearly all of the standard X clients, such as xterm, xhost, xdpyinfo, xclock, and xeyes. Cygwin/X, as the name implies, uses the Cygwin project which provides a UNIX-like API to Xlib and X clients, thereby minimizing the amount of porting required.

More information and installation help are available at the Mines Cygwin/X website (look here for details:


To run multiple different operating systems on one computer, see the FAQfinder entry #113: “Can I run more than one operating system on my computer?” (