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Running Hadoop framework on Windows is always a pain using Cygwin. Is the process similar for Windows 8 just like Windows 7 as mentioned here or is it different ?

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There's no reason why it would be different - windows 8 has the same APIs as windows7 (and certainly not cygwin/posix emulation), with the addition of the windows modern related things. There do seem to be options for running hadoop without cygwin, though looking around, the most painless option might be to run hadoop on a linux vm.

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i just created an account on Azure and using Ubuntu vm there to run hadoop... could not figure out a painless way to use hadoop on windows – CodeMonkey Oct 20 '12 at 5:06
You could always run a VM locally. I'd think colinux would be perfect for this, but I have no idea if it works on modern windows. – Journeyman Geek Oct 20 '12 at 5:09
my current system almost died while using Windows 8 RTM ..sadly i cant add misery to my laptop's computing powers – CodeMonkey Oct 20 '12 at 5:12

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