Via One Thing Well:
Babun is a linux-like console on a Windows host…
Babun features the following:
* Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons
* Silent command-line installer, no admin rights required
* pact - advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum)
* xTerm-256 compatible console
* HTTP(s) proxying support
* Plugin-oriented architecture
* Pre-configured git and shell
* Integrated oh-my-zsh
* Auto update feature
I have a set of servers in our data center which must run Windows Server, and write log files out via logback, which I'd love to be able to tail on a semi-regular basis.1 I tried using the GNU Coreutils package, but it complained about the file. I tried this wicked long PowerShell command:
...but it did not work, and I have no idea why, because PowerShell might as well be Sanskrit.2
I also tried tailforwin, for which I had no expectation of success having been written when I was still in college for operating systems few people use anymore.
I could have used Cygwin, but these servers have no external access to the Internet3, and while I could have built my own standalone installer... I strongly dislike it, and dealing with mirrors makes me angsty.
Enter Babun, which gave me everything I wanted4 in one handy package requiring no admin rights to install. I ran into issue #90 right away, but I had the same problem back when I used Cygwin and wasn't greatly surprised by it. Other than that, and needing to navigate out of the fake root filesystem hierarchy, it's an incredibly complete 1.0.0 release.