𝗪𝗦𝗟 (Windows Subsystem For Linux) is surely one of the best things offered by Microsoft after VS Code in recent times for the programming community.
I had stopped using Windows as my default OS at a very early stage of my college. The reason? Even to install a simple utility like git or putty, we had to
1. Go to the utility web page
2. Download the installer / setup, click a million times on the “Next”
3. And most importantly untick the open readme.txt or release-notes check box and so on before I can run my very first command🙄
Fast forward to 2020, I purchased a new laptop with Windows 10 for work purposes and I had heard about WSL some time ago so decided to give it a try.
So, I installed 𝗨𝗯𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘂 𝟮𝟬.𝟬𝟰 𝗟𝗧𝗦 from the App Store and BOOOM! I have a complete Ubuntu system running on my nice UI of Windows 10. Now, most of the Linux utilities are already available there and if something is not, they are just one “apt-get install” away.
Now no need to switch between the dual OS when you work and when you want to play your favorite PC game😍. Best of both worlds. VS Code also have its official extension to work with remote system that integrates well with WSL. Needless to say, VS Code and WSL is my GoTo environment for development, now.
If you have tried WSL or any other life-saving software for programmers, share your feedback in the comments.