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    Phoronix: Clear Linux Exploring Support For Windows WSL

    As potentially a big game changer for those needing performant Linux access from a Windows 10 / Windows Server installation, Intel's Clear Linux will be exploring support for running on Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-Exploring-WSL

  • #2
    I have a question. Is WSL (as in the translation layer) open-source?

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    • #3
      No, just a trivial bit that launches userspace. Microsoft are not in the habit of open sourcing bits of their kernel.
      Last edited by patstew; 05-28-2018, 11:20 AM.

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      • #4
        That's sad, since WSL faster than Linux might mean eventual EEE...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by patstew View Post
          No, just a trivial bit that launches userspace. Microsoft are not in the habit of open sourcing bits of their kernel.
          https://github.com/markjandrews/wrk-v1.2

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          • #6
            Good point and important to note - MS has been in the habit of releasing significant portions of their kernel for many years for academic researchers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
              That's sad, since WSL faster than Linux might mean eventual EEE...
              Why should that be faster? It's like Wine, another layer.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tildearrow View Post
                That's sad, since WSL faster than Linux might mean eventual EEE...
                of what on what? Because it may also very well mean that Linux userspace displaces Windows's and the only thing left is the NT kernel.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mike44 View Post
                  Why should that be faster? It's like Wine, another layer.
                  Because tests have shown it is, in some cases. It can theoretically do much better than wine based on the simple fact that Unix userspace and APIs are so much easier to implement as they are documented better, while most Windows APIs are not as they are proprietary or implement hacks behind the scenes or somesuch.
                  Last edited by starshipeleven; 05-29-2018, 05:13 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Not an opensource license. It's also ancient (XP era).

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