Use rxvt, not cmd for console windows
C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -fn "Courier New-16" -bg black -fg grey -sr -sl 1000 -g 120x50 -e /usr/bin/bash --login -i
XFree86 tips (actually it is called xorg)
clip from cygwinx.com Downloading and Installing
Cygwin/X is installed via Cygwin's setup.exe and the installation process is documented in the Cygwin/X User's Guide. Whether or not you already have Cygwin installed, you can add Cygwin/X to your installation by downloading the latest setup.exe, running setup, and selecting the 'xorg-x11-base' package from the 'X11' category. end of clip
To start X windowing... After installing, in cygwin shell you can type startx (and eventually you should see an xterm window appear).
Alternatively, to open an xterm from windows, double-click on startxwin.bat in cygwin\usr\X11R6\bin\startxwin.bat If you installed cygwin in non-standard location, edit the batch file as comments in the batch file describe.
When "X" is running, an icon normally appears in toolbar at lower right. It must be running before you can launch an X software from windows menu items or shortcuts.
XFree86, Window Maker, Gimp, Licq, and Xterm all nicely integrated into Windows using Cygwin. Finally have SSL support for ICQ again, and multiple workspaces. After doing some tweaks to the theme/styles in WPprefs, it even looks better with my background then Windows does. I'm liking this.
If you are going to use Cygwin/XFree and want to copy/paste back and forth between X apps and Windows apps, as of 15Jan2004 you NO LONGER need xwinclip, as their webpage says: http://xfree86.cygwin.com/devel/xwinclip/ The wxinclip page is here for historical REM purposes only and will be removed at some point in the near future.
Update 15Jan2004: Harold, in an amazing burst of effort, has updated the built-in clipboard support. The built-in clipboard (XWin -clipboard) now supports XDMCP, proper selection management, and Unicode conversion.
also, another quirk, if you loose keyboard on some X apps eg. xterm, DDD etc. make sure NUMS-LOCK is off.
Alexander Gottwald, the maintainer of Cygwin/X has started working for StarNet and has to end his work on Cygwin/X and http://x.cygwin.com/ is currently searching for a new maintainer and developers. 2005-08-23 (so maybe maintenance will slow for a while?)
Microsoft Services for Unix 3.0 (SFU)
"Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) 3.5 provides the tools and environment that IT professionals and developers need to integrate Windows with UNIX and Linux environments."
This is a slightly similiar offering from Microsoft. It includes Unix Perl, ActiveState perl, shells, GNU utils, gcc, and so on. However, it is my opinion that Cygwin is still better; the primary reason is that there are way more pre-built binary packages available for Cygwin.
I installed it on my laptop. Well, actually it's still installing. I did a custom install, leaving NFS, NIS, ActiveState, etc out the picture: I just wanted the base environment and compilers. It said it would take about 150 MB. However, it's taking 3 times as long as Microsoft Office 2003 Pro took to install, which used up 500 MB. --Wim