Saturday, February 2, 2008

Using SFU/SUA to replace Cygwin?

Microsoft's Services for Unix / Subsystem for Unix-based Applications (SUA) might make an excellent replacement for Cygwin.

Since SFU/SUA interacts directly with the Windows kernel, it should be several times faster than Cygwin. This might make SFU an excellent platform for the porting of *nix applications to Windows.

With a good package manager, SFU can be the Windows equivalent of Fink (which is an excellent product). It should be able to compile MOST *nix applications with a few minor modifications.

Several package managers have SFU/SUA ports underway, including Gentoo and Debian. An easy way to install those should dramatically increase their use as.

SUA one other major advantage above Cygwin: It is included with Windows 2003 R2 and Windows Vista (Enterprise and Utimate)

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