Depends what you are trying to do.

If you are just after a more linux like shell for windows and some
scripting then something like UWIN or cygwin would suit.

If however, you want linux in all its gloriousness then a virtual
environment such as virtualbox is a good option (if your laptop has enough

Another option is to create a live CD that you can boot from your CD drive
(something like Damn Small Linux or SLAX isn't too big to download).

Have fun.


Peter Neish
Systems Officer
Victorian Parliamentary Library
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I'm trying to get UNIX/LINUX to run on my Windows laptop.  Is UWIN the best
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