how to set up a Linux box

Lee Maschmeyer lee_maschmeyer at
Mon Jun 7 14:20:24 UTC 2010

I'm one of the few blinkies who likes Cygwin. The advantage is that you can 
switch between Windows and Cygwin programs without having to reboot. The 
disadvantage is that it's noticeably slower than Linux. Whether it's 
unacceptably slower depends on what you're doing; in Widows XP it's really 
pretty good, especially as a getting-started system.

Another advantage is that you can install Cygwin (it takes somewhat less 
than 5 GB if you install everything) and then use your regular screen reader 
to read it until you get brltty set up.

The Cygwin installer is generally considered inaccessible. This is untrue. 
It's clumsy if you try to do more unusual things, but it's doable.

Go to to read about it and ask any questions if you're intrigued.

Lee Maschmeyer
Wayne State University Computing Center
5925 Woodward, #281
Detroit MI 48202

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