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Windows 7 Ultimate versus Cygwin: POSIX compliance and is it practical to install a GNU system directly on Win 7 Ultimate without Cygwin

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using GNU/Linux utilities on Windows 7 via Cygwin as opposed to making use of Windows 7 Ultimate SUA (Subsystem for UNIX-based applications) support ...
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Bash on Interix causes segfault for any command

What could cause BASH commands to produce a segmentation fault when run from Interix v3.5? BASH was installed as directed by SUA. In experimentation, I've only encountered 'cd' functioning as ...
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Why isn't Interix mkdir honoring -p argument?

I'm using Interix on Windows for Unix compatibility and am finding the -p argument to mkdir not behaving as I expect: > which mkdir C:\SFU\bin\mkdir > mkdir -p c:\Program Files\ A subdirectory ...