Meandering Out Loud

Don Thorp’s Musing, Muttering, and Mischief Along a Random Path

CYGWIN Rocks!

Ok, normally, I never use the work “Rocks” in a sentence unless I’m telling a bunch of kids to stop throwing them, but it this case I made an exception. In general, cygwin (you can find it at http://sources.redhat.com/cygwin) provides a unix type environment under windows. Which by itself, is a major plus.

What prompted today’s outburst was a simple question I asked…”I wonder if it is possible to run sshd under Win2K/XP”? The simple answer is YES. Using google, I found this link http://www-co.ch.cam.ac.uk/facilities/misc/cygwin.html which gives a quick walk through of how to do it. Now I can access my box from the network using command line tools over a secure channel instead of relying on GUI tools. Once again, the open source movement comes through.

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April 9th, 2002

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Don Thorp

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