Windows Subsystem for Linux
Windows Subsystem for Linux 1.1.3 LATEST
Windows 10 (64-bit) / Windows 11
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By having the ability to seamlessly run both Windows and Linux applications side by side, this utility provides an invaluable workflow optimization path to professional software developers who can easily switch project development environments and unlock full access to a vast Linux software ecosystem, including programming languages, databases, and web servers.
However, it should be noted that Microsoft Subsystem for Linux is not available to all Windows 11/10 users by default. This service requires users to become part of the Windows Insider program, which is a platform for testing a large variety of open-source solutions.
Windows Subsystem for Linux is a fully integrated compatibility layer that allows Windows OS to effortlessly run Linux kernel and extensive offering of other Linux subsystems that are necessary for running Linux apps.
The core package includes everything that developers need to run a GNU/Linux environment, including most command-line tools, system utilities, and backend/user-facing applications. Since it is running without the heavy virtualization overhead, all the apps and services that rely on Linux components can run as fast as they would on the full Linux PC machine.
Installation of Windows Subsystem for Linux can be done in several ways – using the manual standalone installer, using a PowerShell command line, and downloading the entire package from its official Microsoft Store page. This last version is the most streamlined one because the Microsoft Store app will keep the entire utility up to date with the newest official releases automatically downloaded and deployed on the user's PC.
- Linux compatibility on Windows OS
- Access to a wide range of Linux tools
- Easier development and testing for Linux-based applications
- Seamless integration with Windows ecosystem
- Improved productivity for developers familiar with Linux
- Limited support for certain Linux features
- Performance overhead compared to native Linux installation
- Potential compatibility issues with some Linux applications
- May require additional setup and configuration
Microsoft WSL is a powerful tool for developers and users who need to work with both Windows and Linux environments at the same time on a single Windows PC. It provides seamless integration between the two operating systems and allows users to leverage the strengths of both app development environments, with as few compromises as possible.