WSL Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to WSL

  • GitHub repo wslg

    WSL VS wslg

    Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios

  • GitHub repo winapps

    WSL VS winapps

    Run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office/Adobe in Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) and GNOME/KDE as if they were a part of the native OS, including Nautilus integration.

  • Nanos

    Run Linux Software Faster and Safer than Linux with Unikernels.

  • GitHub repo scoop

    WSL VS scoop

    A command-line installer for Windows.

  • GitHub repo CBL-Mariner

    WSL VS CBL-Mariner

    Linux OS for Azure 1P services and edge appliances

  • GitHub repo garden

    WSL VS garden

    Automation for Kubernetes development and testing. Spin up production-like environments for development, testing, and CI on demand. Use the same configuration and workflows at every step of the process. Speed up your builds and test runs via shared result caching.

  • GitHub repo FFmpeg

    WSL VS FFmpeg

    Mirror of

  • GitHub repo WSL2-Linux-Kernel

    The source for the Linux kernel used in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2)

  • Scout APM

    Scout APM: A developer's best friend. Try free for 14-days. Scout APM uses tracing logic that ties bottlenecks to source code so you know the exact line of code causing performance issues and can get back to building a great product faster.

  • GitHub repo tilt-extensions

    WSL VS tilt-extensions

    Extensions for Tilt

  • GitHub repo Electron

    WSL VS Electron

    :electron: Build cross-platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

  • GitHub repo typescript-eslint

    WSL VS typescript-eslint

    :sparkles: Monorepo for all the tooling which enables ESLint to support TypeScript

  • GitHub repo for-mac

    WSL VS for-mac

    Bug reports for Docker Desktop for Mac

  • GitHub repo GWSL-Source

    WSL VS GWSL-Source

    The actual code for GWSL. And some prebuilt releases.

  • GitHub repo gsudo

    WSL VS gsudo

    A Sudo for Windows - run elevated without spawning a new Console Host Window

  • GitHub repo UTM


    Virtual machines for iOS

  • GitHub repo ohmyzsh

    WSL VS ohmyzsh

    🙃 A delightful community-driven (with 1800+ contributors) framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 300+ optional plugins (rails, git, OSX, hub, docker, homebrew, node, php, python, etc), 140+ themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool so that makes it easy to keep up with the latest updates from the community.

  • GitHub repo linux

    WSL VS linux

    Linux kernel source tree

  • GitHub repo PowerToys

    WSL VS PowerToys

    Windows system utilities to maximize productivity

  • GitHub repo mkcert

    WSL VS mkcert

    A simple zero-config tool to make locally trusted development certificates with any names you'd like.

  • GitHub repo obs-studio

    WSL VS obs-studio

    OBS Studio - Free and open source software for live streaming and screen recording

  • GitHub repo Vim

    WSL VS Vim

    The official Vim repository

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  • Windows paths format is not recognized by docker without docker desktop | 2021-09-19
    Your options are - adapt to the workflow with a VM and mount /mnt/c/... path (note there is a performance penalty:, or maybe you want to actually move your code to \wsl$\... and edit it from there (VScode can do it transparently for you). Alternatively, you may want to ditch Docker entirely and take a look at or I myself had no chance to look into these yet so I don't actually know if they address that problem or not - but I have big hopes for the Rancher Desktop as it's setup (k3s+containerd+nerdctl) is in alignment with Kubernetes ecosystem which is ultimately what I develop my containers to run in.
  • Linux Executables Deployed as Stealth Windows (WSL) Loaders | 2021-09-17
    This github issue in interesting:

    It sort of hints that you could coax LxssManager.dll into running an elf binary without WSL itself really running. Though you would need to do some things to make lxss happy, so it's not trivial.

  • Working on RN on Windows - best setup?
    So I'm working on a RN app for a few months now, with a Laravel backend running on WSL2. All was fine until I started to want to use emulators for testing purpose, and not my physical device. I then started to have lots of problems, like this or that - as you can see the guy in the SO post gave a solution to run Android on a Hyper-V VM, it works but it's far from ideal.
  • Which version of Ubuntu to install on Windows 10 to avoid empty/hanging terminal update
    Here are others discussing the same issue:
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI | 2021-09-10
    >But I mean come on, they're Microsoft. If they really wanted filesystem access to be efficient across systems, we'd have it by now.

    Here's one of the developers saying it is hard back in the WSL days.

    The reason makes sense to me, but I'm not an expert. Maybe you could expand on why you think they could do it but chose not to? | 2021-09-10
    System performance is, IO between Windows and Linux isn’t.

  • This is Why Developers Are Embracing Microsoft Windows Again
    I had this exactly 8 times. But "fix" saved me.
  • ASP.NET Core web app in Docker container exhibiting bizarre DNS gremlins | 2021-09-07
    A few people in my team have the same issue. The only workaround I was able to find is to run `Restart-NetAdapter -Name "vEthernet (WSL)"` on the host (needs admin permissions). This seems to be related:
  • (don't actually do it) | 2021-09-06
    Windows Subsystem for Linux (🤮)
  • Why can an ad break the Windows 11 desktop and taskbar?
    And there will be countless hours spent on fixing something on Windows that just works on Linux. I mean things like WSL2, just check the issue list, over 1000 of them, including severe ones. I've been trying it out until the point it has broken Windows networking.
  • Why am I getting permission denied executing command as root and using sudo
  • Why don't game companies like Nintendo and Sony use a Linux distribution like Debian or RHEL as a base for their consoles? | 2021-08-26
  • Filesystems in Docker for Windows - I'm (easily) confused | 2021-08-26
    Reading Windows files from Linux Docker is slow because they're basically network drives, albeit emulated, but it's also buggy.
  • WSL2 on Windows 10 not booting with "please enable" error.
    I saw on this thread
  • Error: 0x80041002
    It looks like there's a GitHub Issue, where folks either had to uninstall Comodo, or upgrade to a newer version:


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