WSL puts Linux on Windows desktops


No Support for Daemons

WSL reaches its limits if you need to run a daemon because it lacks a full-fledged launch environment such as Systemd. Commands like reboot, shutdown, and systemctl do not work, and it is therefore not possible to install server services for automatic startup. Even hardware-related commands such as the dd image-building tool do not work. A physical Linux system or one installed in a VM is still the better choice for these sorts of tasks.


Depending on the application, WSL is a practical alternative to full-blown Linux VMs. Compared with the VMs isolated in Hyper-V or similar hypervisors, the WSL advantage is direct interaction with files and folders under Windows. With the tools presented here, even graphical Linux applications under Windows are no longer a problem. Moreover, Microsoft is continually expanding the range of functions [8].

The roadmap for the future version 2 of WSL includes support for Docker containers, as well as migration of the architecture from an emulated to a modified Linux kernel – and the kernel will be completely open source [9].

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