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What is WSL ? What are the Features of WSL ?

justinnn07 profile image Justin Varghese ・Updated on ・1 min read

WSL also known as windows Subsystem for linux .The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual boot setup. Which helps users to save a plenty of time by not running into an error .Even after so many efforts put by Microsoft, Users love to use Linux over Windows .

Features of WSL

You can Run common command-line tools such as grep, sed, awk, or other ELF-64 binaries.
Run Bash shell scripts and GNU/Linux command-line applications including:
Tools: vim, emacs, tmux
Languages: NodeJS, Javascript, Python, Ruby, C/C++, C# & F#, Rust, Go, etc.
Services: SSHD, MySQL, Apache, lighttpd, MongoDB, PostgreSQL.
Install additional software using your own GNU/Linux distribution package manager.
Invoke Windows applications using a Unix-like command-line shell.
Invoke GNU/Linux applications on Windows.

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Waylon Walker

I've done most of my daily work out of wsl for about 3 years now. It is a fantastic tool. Its nice that you get a familiar interface locally, in a VM, remote server, or Docker.