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 memory). 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 -- Peter Neish Systems Officer Victorian Parliamentary Library [log in to unmask] Matt Amory <matt.amory@GMAIL .COM> To Sent by: Code for [log in to unmask] Libraries cc <CODE4LIB@LISTSER V.ND.EDU> Subject [CODE4LIB] UNIX/LINUX noob looking for UWIN help 14/12/2009 03:20 PM Please respond to Code for Libraries <CODE4LIB@LISTSER V.ND.EDU> I'm trying to get UNIX/LINUX to run on my Windows laptop. Is UWIN the best and easiest option? //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Parliament of Victoria Important Disclaimer Notice: The information contained in this email including any attachments, may be confidential and/or privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. Any unauthorised disclosure, copying or dissemination of all or part of this email, including any attachments, is not permitted. This email, including any attachments, should be dealt with in accordance with copyright and privacy legislation. Except where otherwise stated, views expressed are those of the individual sender.