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24 December 2009, 09:32

Cygwin 1.7.1 released

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Cygwin Logo After more than 18 months of development, the Cygwin developers have announced the availability of version 1.7.1 of their Linux-like environment and command-line interface for Windows. The major update includes a number of behavioral changes and new functionality compared to the last 1.5 release from June of 2008.

In addition to adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the latest release features support for IPv6, pathnames longer that the previous 260 character limit (now set to 4096) and new authentication methods to improve changing the user context without a password. The mount table is now stored in /etc/fstab and /etc/fstab/$USER, instead of in the registry. This change means that users will have to run the /bin/copy-user-registry-fstab shell script manually to migrate their mount table. Multiple Cygwin installations can now co-exist on a system, provided that the installations are kept separated. The default character set has been set to UTF-8; other character sets are supported through improved internationalisation and localisation configuration. The developers also note that Cygwin 1.7 no longer supports Windows 95, 98 and Me.

More details about the release can be found on the "What's new" page. Cygwin 1.7.1 is available to download (direct download) and a user guide is provided. Cygwin is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2).


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