[LINK] Linux running under Windows?!!

andrew clarke mail at ozzmosis.com
Sun Nov 11 12:35:58 AEDT 2018

On Sat 2018-11-10 11:19:01 UTC+1100, Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au) wrote:

> On Sat, 2018-11-10 at 10:13 +1100, David wrote:
> > While looking for something quite unrelated I stumbled on the article
> > at https://www.howtogeek.com/265900/everything-you-can-do-with-
> > windows-10s-new-bash-shell/ which describes how Linux and Linux
> > applications can now be run under Windows-10.
> Um, not quite. Shell stuff, yes. You get bash, and pretty much anything
> command line. You can't run anything graphical as far as I know. Still,
> it's a way better solution than cygwin, and you really do get the full
> power of a Unix command line.

You can run graphical apps under WSL once you install an X server on the
Windows side, though you are somewhat limited by the capabilities of the X
server software.




WSL's biggest tradeoff seems to be poor disk I/O performance compared to
native Linux (or even compared to running Linux in a virtual machine).
I suspect Cygwin binaries also perform disk I/O quicker than the equivalent
Linux binaries running under WSL due to lower API overhead. For apps that
aren't I/O-bound this isn't such a big issue, though.

Of course it's possible to install both WSL and Cygwin concurrently and
choose whichever suits the task at hand.

I'm apprehensive about Microsoft's long-term plans for Linux, but WSL does
open up some interesting avenues.

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