I started out by choosing Google to host my first MapR project. It did so because of the $300 credit, and 60 days of free use.
I began by installing Google SDK. The Google website appears to have been updated since the instructions in the ADM200 class were last updated (Nov 2015). I have installed cygwin. It is Red Hat's x64 version (previous experience with RedHat products was positive). I am using Windows 8.1.
I open the cygwin application, and a command interface appears. I began with simple commands I recall from using Linux years ago.
$ ls -l
-bash: git: command not found
Q. Is this environment a good place to ask questions on weekends?
Q For the purpose of taking the ADM20n courses, would I be better off using the Sandbox?
Q What can I do regarding the cygwin tool?
Q What other information could I provide?