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solaris os -please help me out

Bill Mc Coy
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hi
i was trying to a download an linux os for practising shell programming, kernel programming and basic unix programming(bash shell)

i was trying to download a software for it which would be free

my pc specs are win xp\256mb ram\p4 2.8 ghz
please suggest me an os that would meet my requirements

also is solaris easy to operate ? and does it allow shell, kernel and bash programming?

is there any live cd of any linux os that helps me in above programming
please help
Peter Rooke
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You could boot a linux disto from a CD - have heard good things about: Knoppix

You could install a linux emulator, that would run from a windows platform:
Cygwin

Or you could install a distrobution, a lot of people new to this technology like the Ubuntu version.


Regards Pete
Bill Mc Coy
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You could install a linux emulator, that would run from a windows platform:
Cygwin


i know cygwin and having been using it for past 2 months

but peter the cygwin doesn't has support for vi or emacs and this irks me most

do you know any tool like cygwin which has all features (including vi, emacs)
i tried mulinux but it doesn't work on win xp
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by dan dunst:

but peter the cygwin doesn't has support for vi or emacs and this irks me most


Cygwin absolutely does include vi, emacs, and other editors as well -- plus tons of other software that isn't installed by default.

Run the Cygwin "setup.exe" program again, and this time look more closely at the last screen before the downloading starts. That last screen lets you add lots of things to the base install, including vi, emacs, X/Windows, and plenty more.

Note that you can run setup.exe as many times as you need to add additional software to an existing installation.


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Joe Ess
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Originally posted by dan dunst:
Cygwin absolutely does include vi, emacs, and other editors as well -- plus tons of other software that isn't installed by default.


Yep, I came here to say that. The coolest thing Cygwin supports is Xwindows. You can have a seperate "unixesque" desktop away from all the Windows clutter, even SSH into *nix boxes and run X apps on other machines.


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