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Useful tools to Unixify Windows for free.

Simon Brunning: “ Eric’s Webspace has some fab tips on DOS and Windows script writing. Combine with Unix utilities for Windows, and you can get a lot done. ”

Thanks Simon!

Windows is one annoyance I’ve to suffer 5 days a week at work. These brighten most of those days.

  1. Litestep as my shell.
  2. Mozilla as the browser.
  3. CygWin as command line interface.
  4. CVS for version control.
  5. VIM and SciTE for editing.
  6. Python for scripting.
  7. The Gimp and ImageMagick for graphics.

These make me sad!

  1. Blue Screen of Death!. I dual boot to Mandrake Linux when this is really bad.
  2. Outlook 2000 for PIM. Mozilla mail is good, but Evolution is not available on Windows yet.
  3. MS Office, very rarely. I use Excel quite a bit. Open Office works pretty well for my needs.

PuTTY is my gateway to sanity when I’m too sad :-)

At home, I’ve not used Windows for almost 6 months now. Only thing to suffer is the development of my WYSIWYG editor for IE. I guess I should make some time to boot to Windows to finish this.

  1. For general editing, I use jEdit - . Worth a look.

    For Java, I use Eclipse - , and for Python, PythonWin - .

    Posted by: Simon Brunning on September 3, 2002 04:49 AM
  2. I had used jEdit. It is pretty neat. However, for general editing that don't need the power of VI, I needed something small that I can carry around in a floppy, with no dependencies and as much functionality as possible. SCiTE is hard to beat in that case.

    Posted by: Babu on September 3, 2002 05:59 AM
  3. Eeek! All my URLs went wrong. Ah well, never mind, none of these would take more than a few second's googling to find.

    SCiTE is a lovely little editor to take around with you, but jEdit has a lot more features. As for VIM, well, I'm not sure that I'm man enough. ;-)

    Besides, what about EMACS...

    Posted by: Simon Brunning on September 4, 2002 08:52 AM
  4. Ouch, Emacs! I like it and use it often, but since I use VIM more often, I remember VI key strokes more than Emacs.

    I use Emacs for FTP editing with Zope. And for SGML document editing.

    Posted by: Babu on September 4, 2002 10:41 AM