Cygwin provides a Linux like environment for Windows™ and is installed using setup.exe on the Cygwin home page. The setup process offers you a choice of components. Other than the Cygwin base, which you get by default, you will need the following components to install and run Miranda: Keeping the setup.exe icon on your desktop allows you to add more components to your Cygwin environment later. When the setup is complete you will have a desktop icon and/or an entry in the Start menu, by clicking/choosing which you can open a Cygwin command window, running bash.

The next task is to download and install Miranda. Note that to avoid conflicting with Cygwin license conditions the Miranda download does not include any executable binary. You will create that during the installation process.

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