Many companies enforce a SOE installation of Windows to keep all client systems alike. For the company it isusually a good strategy, but for IT professionals it can sometimes be somewhat challanging.
From the day I started working in companies where it wasn't suitable running a *NIX flavour on the PC, I have used Cygwin.
As it states on their homepage (http://cygwin.com/) "Get that Linux feeling - on Windows!"... That's exactly what it does.
Here's a quick guide to get Cygwin installed with X server and xterm.
- Download and run setup.exe from http://cygwin.com/
- Follow the on-screen instructions up until the dialog Select Packages.
To find packages, enter the name in the Search box.
- First select the package X-start-menu-icons
- Then select patchutils
- Click Next to install the packages
- (If you have 7GB to spare, you could of course just select everything to install)
- The next screen will automatically select all dependencies. Just click Next to start the installation phase.
During installation, start menu icons is created by default. To use the XWin Server (and xterm), click on the Start icon:
To start additional xterm sessions, find the X icon next to the clock and click Applications > xterm:
At startup, a new xterm window will appear, use this window to patch the system.XWinrc:
- Execute the following, which will create a new config file for XTerm:
echo 'XTerm*Background: black XTerm*Foreground: white XTerm*toolBar: false XTerm*geometry: 160x40' > ~/XTerm