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Windows, What Command Line Interface Do You Use?

 
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I'm not a big fan of the Windows command line interface. There appears to be a number of alternatives out there. What replacement command line interface for Windows 10 do you recommend and why?
I'm looking for something with history which persists after restarts like Linux terminal has, but I would still like to execute native Windows commands.

Windows PowerShell does not keep its history without doing extra work, even then it has some problems (at least according to me).
 
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Have you tried MinGW or Cygwin?  
 
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Looks like Cygwin is the one for me. MinGW would not install, it gave a process error when I Tried.

I do find it fairly ridiculous that Microsoft with all of their brain power and money still cannot seem to get (or release) a command line interface which has all of the features of the default line terminal.
It does go to show you what Microsoft's priorities seem to be.

However with more cloud services out there which use the command line interface maybe things will change.
For the moment I'm learning about the "Cloud Foundry" standard and many things can be/need to be done using the Cloud Foundry command line tool, which you can run from Cygwin.

Thanks Knute for mentioning these tools.
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:It does go to show you what Microsoft's priorities seem to be.



Well yeah, it goes back to 1995 when Windows 95 was released. Really the first usable GUI-based operating system. From then on character-based interfaces were basically obsolete as far as Windows was concerned.
 
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Cygwin for me too, it's very useful when you are given a horrid "company" windoze computer and cannot alter it much.  Someday I fear that I'll have to learn how to use Windows 10, but I hope to skip it.  

Really the first usable GUI-based

- Apple Mac?  Think they all took [stole] their idea's from Xerox Labs.  

 
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Peter Rooke wrote:Apple Mac?  Think they all took [stole] their idea's from Xerox Labs.



"Back in the day", we used to call Windows 95 Mac 85. I am sure others have heard that term before.  
 
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