Windows Subsystem for Linux Review
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) gives you a native linux terminal on Windows, which is a gamechanger for Windows. No longer can “lack of a *nix environment” be an excuse to automatically dismiss Windows.
That being said, it still has a long way to go in order to be competitive with a Mac OSX or Linux.
Cons Default terminal kind of sucks.
- Takes 5 seconds to load (I’m using oh my zsh, so perhaps slightly faster without)
- No tabs
- CTRL-V doesn’t paste, need CTRL-SHIFT-V
I tried another terminal (terminator), but the video resolution of it looked terrible. Maybe this has to do with my 4k screen, but it’s annoying enough to where I stopped using it.
- No networking commands
- npm is super slow. Thankfully, disabling real-time virus protection helps a lot. But I still feel like it’s slower than Mac OSX.
- While a command is executing, it often stalls until I press enter. This is extremely annoying.
- I can’t run a Windows .exe file by putting it in /usr/local/bin. I had to alias it.
Random useful commands:
explorer.exe .opens the current directory in Windows Explorer
clip.exeClipboard (equivalent of
pbcopyon Mac OSX)