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.

If Microsoft really "loves" Linux, like its PR team shouts (at least in the US, but not elsewhere), why don't they make Linux better (rather than "how Linux integrates with proprietary Windows technologies")?

The answer is simple: they don't want people adopting Linux. They want them stuck on Windows.

Microsoft "loves" Linux the way a tapeworm loves a healthy gut.

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@lightweight Microsoft: "We love Linux so much, we contributed code* to it!"

* Code strictly to enable running a Linux client on Azure.

@kithop @kithop bingo. It's possible to write open source code that's of no use to anyone but you, if you're a proprietary software monopolist. It'd be good if the rest of world "got" this. And keep in mind, it's probably less than 0.01% of all MSFT source code. They're a proprietary software company that's losing the desktop, and is trying to exploit to lock its former desktop users into its new proprietary "cloud" (which, in my experience, is vastly overpriced and under-featured).

@lightweight I still remember the Open Document Format vs.Open OfficeXML or whatever format for 'open standard' documents, and MS' contribution was just a lot of 'parse this exactly like MS Office does'.

I get it - people change, the company can (slowly) change and adapt, but we have a right to mistrust them after decades of outright abuse. It's going to be an uphill battle for them.


@kithop I don't think they *can* change. It's far far cheaper to pay a PR company - and even a few high-profile hires from the community - to make it look like you've changed. But their incentives ensure they won't change - they're a proprietary monopolist, whose entire fortune is based on exploiting their users with proprietary lock-in. See

@kithop their current priority is to transition people away from "the Desktop" altogether, to a new form of lockin, at the Cloud level (where only Azure will give them the proprietary tools on which they've got a complete, pathological dependence, like MS' Active Directory).

@lightweight Yup. Everyone's doing that, to some degree, with social media networks, instant messaging/voice networks. Google did it with their whole unified Suite thing, and MS wants in on that.

Instead of being a 'Windows' or 'Office' customer, they want you paying a monthly subscription for a whole suite of interlocked applications.

Everyone's fine with paying Netflix every month, or their favourite MMO, or Xbox Live/PSN+, or Adobe Cloud... why not get a slice of that pie? ;/

@kithop yup. Except, being Microsoft, they'll do it badly, and exploit their users in many nasty ways. I've already seen some of it.

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