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Is there any simulator for practicing basic UNIX cmds on windows?

 
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hi, i want to learn UNIX. But the catch is that, i don't have a linux OS , and i never used one.

can anybody tell me how can i try basic UNIX commands on windows? any simulators ?

i have heard about VMWARE . How is it? all i need is just somehow execute the basic commands on win xp, not the entire unix environment.
 
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I agree that cygwin is that best way to go. It's not a simulator. It's an implementation of Unix-like commands for Windows. To me the Windows command shell is essentially unusable without it.
 
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Greg Charles wrote:It's not a simulator. It's an implementation of Unix-like commands for Windows.



I think what OP means by "simulator" is "something lighter than the full OS". Cygwin would fit the bill.
Our Linux/Unix FAQ has many other options. For example, most Linux distributions have a "Live CD" which you can boot up without changing your installed OS. One can also install Linux to a flash drive or dual boot with Windows.
There's also some links in our FAQ about how to get started learning.
VmWare is essentially a software PC. One creates a "virtual disk", actually one big file on your hard drive, and installs an OS to that "drive". As far as the secondary OS is concerned, it's running on its own PC. When you get bored of the secondary OS, you just delete the 8 or so files and it's gone. My employer uses VmWare to do QA against various operating systems. We don't have to keep a lot of old hardware around for testing, just one server with lots of virtual machines.
VmWare Player is free, but it cannot create new VM's. You can either download them or create them online
VirtualBox is a free open-source equivalent, but I haven't used it.
 
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