Updating Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2)

I must admit that I’m a very strong fan of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2.  It’s definitely something I’m happy to use every single day, regardless that I have few Linux VMs and a couple of apps running in docker containers on my workstation.

I cannot say that the new version has substantially reduced the number of tools yet, but there is the chance that in the future WSL2 and (Linux) docker containers will be the only things running all the time on my system. The Hypervisor will be just used for running some VMs on demand when needed.

I’ve done articles, quick installation/training videos, presented WSL at brown bags, I will not start to enumerate all the reasons or use cases where you can find its implementation beneficial. with WSL2 I can simply share you a couple of links and tell you to try it.

I hope that the near future WSL will be included it with Windows 10. Even if with no Linux distribution installed by default.

WSL1 vs WSL2

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/compare-versions

Installing / Updating WSL2

Installing WSL is easier than updating WSL2. There are a series of steps required and everything is really well documented on this page, but as you know not all users read the documentation pages carefully. 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-win10#update-to-wsl-2

If you have not tried WSL yet… do it! You won’t regret it!

 

 

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