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UNIX emulator shareware for PC or MAC

How can I emulate a UNIX system on a PC or Mac for the purpose of running UNIX programs on a local machine. The proposed emulator should be shareware.
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AstromanCommented:
What sort of UNIX programs? What Platform?

If you are talking about shell scripts, then go and take a look at CygWin, a windows port of the BASH shell and related tools. It also comes with a compiler so you can compile up UNIX source to run locally.

If you are talking about compiled executables, you need something specific to the platform (Sun, HP, Dec etc..). I don't fancy your chances.

A better solution could be use of a local X Server (free, search for MI-X, commercial, look for Exceed), and run the software on a remote UNIX box and display on your screen. By using NFS or Samba, you can share file systems and create the impression of the application running on the local machine.

Hope this helps,

Leon
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AstromanCommented:
Is there anybody there?
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hpssAuthor Commented:
Yes, I used CygWin which worked for me.

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AstromanCommented:
Cygwin was good! Cool. I use it all the time (I'm forced to use NT!)

Will you accept my comment as an answer then?
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hpssAuthor Commented:
POS
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AstromanCommented:
What does "POS" mean? Acronym search produces:

 * POSitive
 * Piece Of ****
 * Point Of Sale
 * Programmable Object Select

None of these seem correct. Could you enlighten me?
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hpssAuthor Commented:
You are really a freak !

The CygWin program works perfect for me when im running my script (Molscript), so I guess that a correct answer to your question "Will you accept my comment...." will be POS - acronym search have correctly produced

*POSitive

, but synonym search could produce

* Yes
* True
* Of course
* Right

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AstromanCommented:
Not a freak, just haven't had my coffee yet this morning ;)
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hpssAuthor Commented:
Ok,

Im sitting in Denmark, so its actually night and i had the first 20 cups today.

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AstromanCommented:
I thought you were going to accept my comment as an answer. Here is my comment reposted as an answer.

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What sort of UNIX programs? What Platform?

If you are talking about shell scripts, then go and take a look at CygWin, a windows port of the BASH shell and related tools. It also comes with a compiler so you can compile up UNIX source to run locally.

If you are talking about compiled executables, you need something specific to the platform (Sun, HP, Dec etc..). I don't fancy your chances.

A better solution could be use of a local X Server (free, search for MI-X, commercial, look for Exceed), and run the software on a remote UNIX box and display on your screen. By using NFS or Samba, you can share file systems and create the impression of the application running on the local machine.

Hope this helps,

Leon
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