Babun: A touch of Linux in Windows aka A Cygwin that actually works

As a consultant working for a large firm I’m blessed with a Windows laptop and Windows desktop to do all my Java development. Lately I really started to miss some of the awesome stuff Linux has to offer and luck was on my side when I stumbled across Babun.

Babun is nothing more than a pre-configured Cygwin environment, though that doesn’t reflect how awesome it actually is. It’s the first time that I have a fully functioning Cygwin environment which requires no configuration at all and which I feel comfortable enough with to use on a daily base.

Babun screenshot
Babun screenshot

I didn’t like the default pastel color theme so I made the colors a bit harsher by changing the values in C:\Users\{you}\.babun\cygwin\etc\minttyrc
This is my current color configuration:

BoldAsFont=no
FontHeight=10
ForegroundColour=208,208,208
BackgroundColour=28,28,28
CursorColour=255,175,0
IMECursorColour=128,224,160
Black=12,12,12
BoldBlack=10,10,10
Red=245,135,135
BoldRed=253,135,135
Green=175,245,135
BoldGreen=175,243,135
Yellow=247,247,175
BoldYellow=255,255,175
Blue=135,175,245
BoldBlue=135,175,253
Magenta=215,175,215
BoldMagenta=223,175,223
Cyan=175,215,215
BoldCyan=175,223,223
White=250,250,250
BoldWhite=255,255,255
Transparency=off
OpaqueWhenFocused=no
CursorType=line
CursorBlinks=yes
FontSmoothing=full
Locale=en_US
Charset=UTF-8
ScrollbackLines=99000
ScrollMod=shift
PgUpDnScroll=yes
Term=xterm-256color
CopyAsRTF=no
RightClickAction=paste

For the Solarized fans there’s already a light and dark configuration file available on the world-wide web.

Another must-have is the zsh-syntax-highlighting plugin:

cd ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins
git clone git://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git

and editing the ~/.zshrc file with vim is all it takes to get syntax highlighting

plugins=(svn zsh-syntax-highlighting)
ZSH_HIGHLIGHT_HIGHLIGHTERS=(main brackets) 

To be continued

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