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Avichay Eyal

Recently I switched from Mac to Windows because I'm working on a windows native app combined with web view. I have found that working with WSL2 is awesome, everything work related, including source code is inside the linux subsystem, and Visual Studio, Windows tools and the native app are running on the win kernel. It feels like having best of both worlds. Not to mention gaming...

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Pablo Herrero Author

Right. WSL seems to be working better every day and they implement new improvements every little bit. Is a pure Linux really necessary having WSL??? Your comment makes me think not. Thanks, Avichay!

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Avichay Eyal

Choosing an OS is an opinionated thing. I know some developers who would go to war over that debate.

In my own experience, working on OSX, Windows, Ubuntu (and obviously terminal-based remote Linux machines - centos/ubuntu/etc), I find OSX very comfortable.

Recently I started working on a project running in a native window app, and virtualizing windows in my mac was slow as hell. So I took a (very) nice windows laptop and surprisingly found out that WSL2 feels native.

Combined with a decent terminal (The new Windows Terminal is minimal and nice), I do the actual work on the subsystem. Everything is there: the source code, the command-line tools, all Linux based.

Only the native app (and it's build tools) are windows executables, and I really do not feel I miss anything.

The ease of terminal and *nix workflow I had on MacOS is now available on windows, and nearly every *nix binary available I can use in the WSL.

I might even consider keeping this state for a longer time than expected.