linux via wsl vs native install?

evilmurries

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Mar 29, 2019
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Does anyone here regularly windows subsystem for linux as their dev / main environment? How do you feel it stacks up against a native install? I am interested in it as a way of avoiding dual booting. Any advice much appreciated!
 

evilmurries

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Mar 29, 2019
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Bay Area, CA
I seem to have posted this in the wrong subforum. If a mod can transfer to the "alternatives" subforum I would greatly appreciate it!
 

AlanShutko

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We have some of our developers using Windows for React development. WSL is much faster than pure windows for yarn/npm and builds. It's not as fast as doing development on a native Linux, a VM running Linux, or macOS.
 

PeterJP

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Depending on what you need, you might be better off installing Linux bare metal, then running Windows in a vm. WSL has serious limitations (network, for example). WSL2 is supposedly better. But it's still nowhere as well integrated or as fully operational as the terminal in macOS. I tried Windows+WSL and Linux+Windows in a vm several times now. If Linux is what you really work in for development, with some commercial apps in Windows, then install Linux and run Windows in a vm.
 
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