Sweaty Spice, the other Spice Girl

Continuing on the back to Windows thread, I would like to talk about the Windows Subsystem for Linux (aka WSL). One of the reasons I have been on Mac for the last 15 or 16 years is the magic of the BSD terminal/shell. Sure Powershell is pretty good, but it isn’t what I am/was used to.

I run ubuntu on my NUC that is my Plex server, so I have spent some quality time with Linux up close and personal (and have broken it/fixed it more than I would care to admit to.)

Last week, I sacrificed the chicken, read the entrails, and installed WSL, and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Damn, it works great. It is instantly on. I know that there are some magic virtualization that happens in the background, and that AMD CPUs are a bit wonky (although supposedly with WSLv2 that is addressed) and you get command line linux, in the ubuntu flavor, and it just works. You have full access to the system (as in I see all 8 cores, and 16 threads), you can install software, and you need to remember to update it.

Really really slick.

So slick, even Dave from Dave’s Garage raves about it:

I can highly recommend this, it is greatly helping me bridge the gap with my experiences on the Mac.

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