WSL is MSFT's attempt to "enclose" Linux entirely within Windows. This is MSFT's only option due to Linux's GPL v2 license. But, to be frank, WSL is the worst of both worlds - Linux, but constrained by the arbitrary limitations of Windows. Yes, MSFT trying to control the platform.

If you want to use Linux... why not just use Linux? There's literally nothing standing in your way. Using WSL is voluntarily making yourself a pawn for MSFT's proprietary interests.

@lightweight I actually still use cygwin because the WSL just doesn't cut it. And it isn't for lack of trying.

@souldessin @lightweight Ditto. Until my employer's IT environment started supporting Ubuntu, I used Cygwin to make Windows more tolerable. Even after WSL came out.

The only advantage of WSL was that we could use our same Ubuntu provisioning scripts to provision a WSL system. That made it better than Vagrant, but not better than Cygwin. The hype is a load of hot air.

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@aidalgol @souldessin my recommendation is to quietly seek out a job with a company smart enough not to have a dependence on Windows. Those companies are going to die eventually anyway, as they'll be outcompeted by companies without proprietary dependencies.

@aidalgol @souldessin for what it's worth, if this scenario looks familiar: davelane.nz/mshostage then you're likely to lose your job suddenly at some point anyway, going the same way as all the Silverlight dev shops (remember them?).

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