andLinux Alternatives

    andLinux is described as 'complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only). AndLinux uses coLinux as its core which is confusing for many people. coLinux is a port of the Linux kernel to Windows'. There are eight alternatives to andLinux for Windows, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is Cygwin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like andLinux are MinGW (Free, Open Source), MSYS2 (Free, Open Source), TCC/LE (Freemium) and gow (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 26, 2021

    1. Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.
    2. TCC/LE is a complete CMD replacement, and is compatible with your existing Windows command prompt and CMD batch files, while adding thousands of new features.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries.

      Discontinued

      No activity for over a year.



    3. SpeedLinux is a customized coLinux. coLinux is not a VM but it can be used in the same way. Installation of Speedlinux results in a complete LINUX System with X server running side on side with Windows on a single PC.
    4. Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively.

      Discontinued

      Not developed anymore, last news are from 2014.

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    5. A portable image of Ubuntu that could run in Windows as a native win32 application. Adds capabilities to execute Linux applications and integrate with the Windows desktop. This system can be used directly from any removable device such as a pen-drive or a USB HDD.
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