Hi there!Is there any downturn to the system for installing Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10 operating system? Many thanks
Hi, the subsystem itself is the way of getting rid of troubles. Generally, you may find it complicated to setup, a lot of passages (you will surely refer to the WSL2 setup page by Microsoft), but it’s all right.
As a current mentor of The Unix Workbench, I can honestly say that for an experienced SysOps it’s a way of getting rid of some troubles (true), e.g. dual-booting, constant need of switching between two OSes / connecting remotely. But for a beginner it’s a way of inviting new troubles - just read some posts in the discussion forum for this course.
In general, acquiring basic knowledge about Unix(-like) systems is recommended by using an actual Unix(-like) system (either installed/booted physically on your hardware or in full-fledged VM), and not by using another “lightweight-VM” / abstraction layer (which WSL kinda is) over the Unix tools/applications.
If you already know in depth (or have at least some medium-level experience with):
and you want to combine the knowledge from these fields to achieve something more, then WSL will definitely help you converge all of the above, to speed-up some of the processes related with software development (e.g. CLI-based applications testing).
Though, if you’re Unix beginner, I’d strongly suggest booting a LiveDVD/LiveUSB of some popular GNU/Linux distribution (e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, CentOS, etc.) or installing it in a “normal” VM (e.g. in a VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation Player or Hyper-V or other similar software) for more immersive, more “Unix-compatible” experience, with lower risk of damaging your main OS used on a daily-basis. (Although most Unix and Unix-like systems are not even 100% compatible among themselves - due to vast diversity of their applications and highly flexible configurability - as you may learn, sometimes ‘the hard way’, from the course).
Struggling with Unix basics AND with WSL-specific issues at the same time would definitely make the learning-experience less pleasant and harder for you.
Very helpful, thank you ever so much!
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