Yesterday I was trying to telnet from my new Windows 7 PC and... telnet was not there anymore. I had to go to "Control panel>Programs and Features>Turn Windows features on or off" to activate it.
While being in turn features on/off there was some other interesting stuff:
- NFS client (!)
- Subsystem for Unix-based applications
After rebooting I could go to All Programs > Subsystem for Unix-based applications and... download utilities for Subsystem for Unix-based applications. That's right, it just enables the possibility to run POSIX programs, but Unix utilities themselves were not bundled, not even a shell.
Going to the download page you get these choices:
- Utilities and SDK for UNIX-based Applications_AMD64.exe
- use for 64 bit Windows on Intel or AMD x86 processors
- Use for Intel itanium
- use for 32bit Windows on Intel or AMD x86 processors
When installing, choose custom installation if you want to include GNU stuff. When installation is done, Windows prompts for another reboot.
Your system is by default installed with a root directory mapped to c:\Windows\SUA. You can now start a shell from the SUA menu. You can also run commands from windows by passing them as arguments to c:\Windows\posix.exe. From a SUA shell you can access your windows drives from /dev/fs (e.g. /dev/fs/C is your C drive).