Diary of an ex-GeeXboX developer…

Windows Subsystem for Linux; lol?

Posted at — Jul 16, 2020

It’s a bit like a bad joke

I think that it’s a joke because it’s just useless for most people.

  1. It runs only under Windows 10 (at least pro version?) and must be installed explicitly
  2. It’s slow as hell (please, use Linux not this thing)
  3. It’s just useless, kernel modules are unusable (like FUSE for example)

My first attempt with WSL was for Bup because it’s not very efficient by this way. It’s not for me, it’s for someone in my family where it’s not possible to move on Linux. And Bup without FUSE is not very interresting for a Windows user.

When Microsoft has released WSL it was seen like something incredible with bullshits like “Microsoft loves Linux”, etc, …

Hey guys… look at Cooperative linux projet. Ooooh.. it’s just really fun and exists since 2004 (Windows 2000 to Windows 7 (only 32 bits)). But it’s no longer maintained. It was the way to go…


Is WSL2 the next Microsoft joke? because it will be a bit like CoLinux (in 2004) because it will use a real Linux kernel. But maybe this time it will be usable.