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Selling management on Cygwin

First time post. Believe I have read and carried out all specified "do this before posting" guidelines.


I work for a 5-person company whose IT infrastructure is exclusively Windows Server-based, and whose mindset is very narrowly Microsoftian. I prefer *nix. Four months ago I quietly created a Windows Server 2003 machine running in a VM on a test box, installed Cygwin, and have been successfully writing & running tools (mostly Perl) all this time.

Now I want to persuade management to let me install Cygwin directly on the "main" Server 2003 box. This is not only for better interactive performance (I work remotely and need to go through one extra screen- scraper layer to get to my current Cygwin command line), but also to access some directories on the "main" box that aren't being shared and, consequently, can't be accessed from my current Cygwin.

I expect to be met with plenty of FUD. I honestly don't know what kind of concerns & arguments will be raised, but I feel certain they will be "garden variety". However, since I'm not a management or IT type, nor a Windows expert, nor a Cygwin expert, I am unprepared to argue the case.

If someone could help, perhaps by briefly explaining what it is they're worried about, and why they needn't be, I would greatly appreciate it. Alternately, a link to an article would be nice (I haven't found any so far).

In some ways this is more of an issue about open source software in general, but I'm sure there will be questions specifically about Cygwin and the extent to which it "touches" Windows OS innards. Any guidance would be helpful!

Chap Harrison

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