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is there any way i can have linux running in windows.I already know about knoppix i just want the basic commands. not the gui!!!
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Another really good way of running linux in Windows is using a relativly new project called CoLinux. This is different from VMware and cygwin for a couple of reasons:

- VMware runs in a virtual machine which means it's much slower and much more of a memory hog. While VMware is great for running multiple distributions and other operating systems, sometimes the speed factor is a big deal.

- Cygwin is a great little tool for basically having linux command line in Windows, however, the lack of amount of ported software means that you have to do without a lot.

Enter CoLinux.

CoLinux allows for you to run the linux kernel natively in Windows. This means that there is very little speed hits because of it. Currently, you can easily run Debian or Gentoo. I recently installed CoLinux on a computer in school, and i was amazed with how well it did work. It uses all native linux applications, for example, if you go with the Debian install, you can use regular apt sources and install regular linux applications from right within windows.

There are only two small problems with using CoLinux, the first is setting up the config file and getting networking configured. However, these two topics are covered throughly in the CoLinux Wiki. If you don't mind doing a small bit of reading, you will get this setup without a whole lot of trouble.
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