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Unix Practice

I am currently studying IT and we have a Unix unit as part of the course.

I need to practice my Unix work however I only have one computer and that is my parents - they don't want me to install Linux or any other operating system onto it.

I need to know if there is a Windows program that simulates a text unix environment. Or is there any online that I could use?

I need to be able to use Vi and also run bash scripts.

Thanks.
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nothingau
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nothingau
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jvuzCommented:
Go to http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
This is a cd you can start on a pc running Windows. I won't install Linux on your pc but you can work in Linux.

Hope this will help.
Greetz.
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dxf224Commented:
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
 Took a few minutes to boot up, but ran well for me.
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naccadCommented:
There are places where you can get a limited unix shell
environment to play with (you dont get root access)

try http://www.freeshell.org (NetBSD system)
also take a look at http://www.bylur.net/free/
they list provides who give away shell access

good luck on your course.

tc
-nick
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Kent OlsenData Warehouse Architect / DBACommented:

Check out:

http://librenix.com/?inode=1807

for quite a bit of info about single floppy linux distributions.


Then go to:

http://ldl.sourceforge.net/index.php3?action=2&show=41

and download LOAF - Linux On A Floppy.  It will allow you to reboot your parents PC as a Linux workstation without ever installing Linux to their PC (saving their PC and you a lot of grief)!

The only "downside" is that LOAF doesn't support hard drives.  You won't be able to save any work that you do, but you will be able to learn linux.  LOAF does support a lot of communication protocols / processes.  If you have a personal web-site (or a friend's) you can always FTP anything you do to a file on another system.


Kdo
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sosatanCommented:
try cygwin..its the best unix simulation software under windows i have seen...u can select the packages u want to install and run all the bash scripts like how u wud do it in unix.
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jvuzCommented:
nothingau, is your problem solved?
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paullamhkgCommented:
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