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Discussion on: Best Laptops for Software Development in 2021

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Ralph Brooks

Love Linux, but sometimes I need to use MS Word. Lucky for us, you can get a laptop with Windows and install Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (because all good things deserve a sequel). WSL2 allows you to use Ubuntu on windows.

I loved it so much, I even put together a quick video on how to do this installation at : courses.whiteowleducation.com/courses/machine-learning-mastery/lectures/30614920

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leob

Yeah WSL is pretty good I've heard ... an alternative would be to run Linux, and then run Windows under it via VirtualBox, if you need to use MS Office?

OTOH I'm using OpenOffice and I believe it gets me 90% of the way there with MS Office compatibility ...

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Ralph Brooks

This definitely gets into the issue of a use case. If you are doing edge computing or something like that, then you are most likely using Linux. For me, if I am developing, then I have 20 browser tabs open, MS Word is open, and I have WSL2 running docker containers in the background. Also, it looks like Microsoft is starting to support Linux GUI .

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leob • Edited on

Sounds good ... Microsoft seems to move in the right direction, they're no longer Steve Balmer's "evil empire" (Developers!!! Developers!!! Developers!!!!!!!!!)