[Wolves] ubuntu on windows

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Tue Apr 5 14:07:20 UTC 2016

Hi Mark,

On 2 April 2016 at 11:45, Mark Croft Redditch Linux Mint
<mark.croft.lug at gmail.com> wrote:
> yeah i would like to know a bit more about how the two os live side by
> side? in the article it described like the reverse of wine is that
> true? (all API calls go via the window system) ?

WSL allows you to run Ubuntu binaries as you say like a reverse WINE.
Currently they're a bit isolated from Windows in that you can get to
the Windows host file system but you can't launch Windows binaries
from there. It's early days and they're interested to hear feedback
from users/developers to see what people want from it.

> what is M$ vision for this? will there be OSX vesion soon maybe?

Not convinced that's necessary. It seems to me the point of this is to
attract developers who currently enjoy bash-shell like environment on
OSX but have no equivalent on Windows. I think they hope this is
something that developers will find useful on Windows itself, saving
them having to spin up separate Linux machines, or dual boot or use
virtual machines or containers. It's not a replacement for all of
those, clearly. But it is handy if a developer just wanted to pop open
a bash shell and do something they're traditionally do easily on a
Linux machine.


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