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Discussion on: Windows JS Dev in WSL Redux

talentlessguy profile image
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Although I'm not OP, but I'm a Windows / Manjaro Linux user, here are my pros and cons:



  • Fucked up FS
  • A lot of visual bugs
  • Memory is often filled with system modules which you can't disable even if you want
  • Malware
  • Hard to reinstall
  • Awful for development, except using WSL2 which is nice (was WSL user for half a year, pain I. the ass)
  • When you fuck up system it is hard to find a way to fix it
  • No customization
  • Paid
  • Incompatible with macOS and Linux, cannot run bash scripts with UNIX-specific commands


  • Adobe Suite
  • Games support



  • Decentralized system (and it is a pro too). Sometimes it is hard to find a way what's wrong
  • Poor games support, but a lot of are ported natively, others can be played on Wine
  • A very little amount of graphics editing software (Krita is nice tho)
  • Bullshit with network and GPU drivers (from my experience, you may not have such problems)
  • Takes a lot of time to learn if you pick a non-beginner distro like Arch


  • Full customization
  • Absolutely free
  • Perfect for any kinds of development (except C# I guess)
  • A lot of guides (like ArchWiki) to look for the best solutions of a problem
  • Mix system components as you like, pick any DE, WM, install custom shell etc

I'm currently using Manjaro as my main OS and my only complaint is that WiFi sometimes stops working, I'm already looking for a solution

saint4eva profile image

C# is cross platform.

tda233066 profile image
Tim Apple Author

Good comparisons, c# dev can be done under Linux. Microsoft says .net core and cross platform are the way these days.