Running Linux On Windows

Solutions for people wanting to use Unix-like environments under Windows have evolved. Started with Cygwin, it has now progressed to using a port of the Linux kernel to Windows, called coLinux. But now we also have andLinux, which makes it a lot easier to use Linux applications in Windows. I have used Cygwin before and it is usually not a one-time task to get it up and running, hence andLinux sounds very appealing. Of course if you can completely do away with the Windows installation, give the easiest Linux installation a try.

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  1. Binny V A said:

    There are other option – like using a virtual machine to install Linux(like VMWare) and of course dual booting.

    One doubt – how fast will the Linux apps be when its ran inside Windows?

  2. Alan said:

    Nice one, I have been messing with Evolution on windows as Thunderbird just doesn’t make the grade. I have also been wishing for a long time for something like this so I do not have to dual boot into Ubuntu.

    Cheers for the heads up!

  3. Abhijit Nadgouda said:

    Binny, yes solutions like VMWare exist, but in my opinion they are more difficult. I personally do not prefer dual booting, two completely different environments do not appeal to me. But I have seen that it works for many out there.

    About the speed, I would guess that it would be a bit slower than the native Windows apps. But I am sure the performance would be better than that of Cygwin, and that can be acceptable to many who need Linux apps.

    Alan, I hope it works out for you. I haven’t had a chance to test it completely yet, but I will do it soon.

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