Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)


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Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Learn using WSL v1 and WSL v2 to run Linux binaries native on Windows to boost your productivity with a lot of tricks, tips, and use cases that you never thought was possible!

About the Book

Keywords, definitions, and problems WSL solve and how it works under the hoods. From download to setup to interoperability this book even covers details like the architecture of Windows subsystem for Linux and new features in WSL 2 with some wonderful use cases.

  1. Keywords and definitions
  2. What is WSL?
  3. Why WSL and Problem it solves?
  4. The architecture of WSL v1
  5. Downsides of WSL v1.
  6. What is WSL 2?
  7. Architecture of WSL2
  8. Features
  9. File System
  10. WSL 1 vs WSL 2 vs Linux VM
  11. Future Road map
  12. Downloading, Installation and Setup
  13. Ways to run WSL
  14. Managing Distributions
  15. Windows-Linux Interoperability
  16. File access, Edit, move, copy
  17. Code editors
  18. Source control in WSL
  19. Package Managers
  20. Networking.
  21. Run a Linux Desktop Using the Windows Subsystem for Linux
  22. Containers in Windows SubSystem for Linux

About the Author

Prateek Singh
Prateek Singh

Prateek Singh is an Infrastructure Developer, an avid PowerShell blogger, and a community contributor. In 2017 and 2018, FeedSpot and SQLHack recognized his blog as among the “Top 50 PowerShell blogs in the world.” Find his open-sourced at GitHub, and reach out to him on Twitter at @singhprateik.

Prateek has written more than 250 articles on his blog and several other websites such as,, and and also runs a YouTube channel. He is a published author of 3 books and contributing author of 2 Book and currently writing the 6th one, following is the complete list:

Table of Contents

  • 1 Keywords, Abbreviations and Definitions
    • 1.1 Distro
    • 1.2 Sub system
    • 1.3 Kernel
    • 1.4 Kernel Mode
    • 1.5 User Mode
    • 1.6 System Calls
    • 1.7 Windows NT Kernel
    • 1.8 Linux Kernel
  • 2 What is WSL?
    • 2.1 Why WSL and Problem it solves?
    • 2.2 Architecture of WSL v1
    • 2.3 Down sides and caveats of WSL v1
  • 3 Downloading, Installation and Setup
    • 3.1 Enable the WSL Feature through Windows.
      • 3.1.1 Using GUI
      • 3.1.2 Using PowerShell
    • 3.2 Download and Install Linux Distributions (Distros)
      • 3.2.1 From Microsoft Store
      • 3.2.2 Manual Download
      • 3.2.3 Download using PowerShell
      • 3.2.4 Download using curl.exe
    • 3.3 Setting up WSL for first use
      • 3.3.1 Launching the distro
      • 3.3.2 Setup and Manage User account
      • 3.3.3 Permission model
      • 3.3.4 Update and upgrade the Distro
      • 3.3.5 Install additional softwares
  • 4 Build Mixed experiences
    • 4.1 WSL launch configuration - wsl.conf
      • 4.1.1 [automount] Section
      • 4.1.2 [network] Section
      • 4.1.3 [interop] Section
    • 4.2 Translating paths between Windows and Linux - wslpath
    • 4.3 Shared environment variables - WSLENV
  • 5 Managing WSL Distributions
    • 5.1 Backup or Export WSL Distro
    • 5.2 Restore or Import WSL distro
    • 5.3 Unregsiter and Uninstall WSL distros
  • 6 What is WSL 2?

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