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Gnu on Windows 0.8.0

Extend the Windows command line with a raft of powerful Linux tools

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 April 2014
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Downloads To Date: 2392
Developer: Brent Matzelle
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Gnu on Windows 0.8.0
Extend the Windows command line with a raft of powerful Linux tools

Gnu on Windows (Gow) is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 UNIX command line tools, each recompiled to run under Windows.

If you already have Linux experience then the tool names alone are enough to tell you how useful Gow could be. Your scripting needs are handled by bash and zsh, for instance; zip, gzip, bzip2 and compress cater for your archiving needs; grep, agrep, less, cat, tail and head are useful for text handling; and you also get putty, cURL, vim, grep, mv, cp, du, ls and a whole lot more.

But if none of this means very much, essentially what you need to know is that each of these tools provides useful functionality with a host of configuration options. Take wget, for example. At a minimum this can be used to automate the downloading of one or more files. But you can also configure it to retry a connection if there are errors; check the timestamp of the remote file so you only download if it's changed; limit the download rate to ensure it won't hog your bandwidth; authenticate your connection with a user name and password; provide a custom user agent, configure cookie handling, define exactly how you want to use HTTPS, avoid caching DNS lookups, and a whole lot more. Overall you're getting far more functionality than many Windows GUI applications provide, all in the shape of a very compact command line tool.

With all this power does come a degree of complexity, of course, and wget has more than 100 command line switches all on its own. You don't have to learn all of these, though; the basics are relatively straightforward; and if you need more assistance then there's plenty of help and examples available online.

Version 0.8.0: "This release finally makes Gow easy to update and release. Hopefully this means that I'll have the time to work on it more and that others will be able to contribute as well."
 •Added ssh.bat alias for plink ticket
 •Fixed tar libiconv-2.dll issue ticket
 •Fixed version name issue ticket
 •Added Nano 2.3.1 ticket
 •Updated PuTTY to 0.63 ticket
 •Renamed 'sort.exe' to 'gsort.exe' so the Unix version is used ticket
 •Added cURL 7.35.0 ticket
 •Added Vim 7.3_46 ticket

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An easy, lightweight way to add the power of the Linux command line to just about any Windows PC

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