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What is WSL?

lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.
WSL is a tool in the Operating Systems category of a tech stack.

Who uses WSL?

Companies

Developers
5 developers on StackShare have stated that they use WSL.

WSL's Features

  • Choose your favorite GNU/Linux distributions from the Microsoft Store
  • Run common command-line tools such as grep, sed, awk, or other ELF-64 binaries
  • Run Bash shell scripts and GNU/Linux command-line applications
  • Invoke Windows applications using a Unix-like command-line shell

WSL Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to WSL?
Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Debian
Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
Linux
A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
iOS
It is the operating system that presently powers many of the mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful.
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WSL's Followers
2 developers follow WSL to keep up with related blogs and decisions.