When comparing Cygwin vs Take Command, the Slant community recommends Cygwin for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for Windows?” Cygwin is ranked 20th while Take Command is ranked 25th.
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Pro Additional packages available via Cygwin Ports project
Pro Better default terminal
Cygwin's default terminal "Mintty" is far better than CMD.
Pro You can run graphical applications
It has X Server.
Pro Text processing tools
Regular expression pattern enabled tools for text filtering, searching, substitution, and conversion.
Pro Powerfull scripting language
Powerfull scripting language with a lot of commands and predefined variables.
Pro File compression tools
File compression tools, e.g. bz2, gz, tar, 7zip and zip.
Pro FTP Command Line Client
Command line driven FTP client.
Pro Batch Debugger
It has a GUI Debugger for Batch files as well the own scripting language (BTM).
Con Many incompatibilities
A lot of tools don't actually work with Cygwin, and documentation is often sparse, so for many use cases, it's worth the small bit of extra effort to just run a full virtual machine.