Per default, Cygwin uses Windows‘ cmd.exe, which is a bit harder to use, especially when it comes to resizing and copypasting. That is, normally I use xterm, but therefore, have to start Cygwin/X, even for small programs that run in the console. Seems like Mintty aims to solve this problem, and seems like it does well so far. You can copypaste and use it like an XTerm, without having to start an X-Server.
Installing is comparably hard, as I couldnt find a binary download, I had to compile it under cygwin and copy it into the cygwin-path and adapt my cygwin.bat – and still, a cmd.exe is opening in the background – I can close it immediately, but its not nice that it opens anyway. Thats the new content of my cygwin.bat:
@echo off C: chdir C:\cygwin\bin mintty -e bash --login -i
Anyway, this is a piece of software I will certainly use more often when using Cygwin. On the other hand, I am currently using Mac OS X mostly – so this is unlikely.