[arch-dev-public] Windows Subsystem Linux - Arch Linux as official container?

Doug Newgard scimmia at archlinux.org
Mon Jan 29 21:09:16 UTC 2018

On Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:00:28 +0100
Christian Rebischke via arch-dev-public <arch-dev-public at archlinux.org> wrote:

> Hello everybody,
> I would like to start a discussion about Windows Subsystem Linux and
> Arch linux. You all might know that Microsoft has increased their
> participation in open source software a lot since Satya Nadella is CEO
> of Microsoft.
> They even implemented a subsystem on Windows 10 for executing natively
> ELF binaries on Windows. This system is based on docker images and some
> nice guys from Microsoft have asked Allan and me if Arch Linux would be
> interested to participate in this project.
> The steps for getting into the project are:
> * Signup in the Microsoft Appstore (we would get a free voucher if we
>   want to participate) as Organization (we need the ok from one of our
>   trademark holders for this step)
> * modifying our docker container a little bit
> * pushing it into the microsoft appstore
> So what do you think? Should we participate in that project?
> Here are some pros and contras:
> pro:
>     - CentOS and Ubuntu are there too
>     - Would be a nice chance to increase the awareness about Arch Linux
>     - might get people to change from Windows to Arch Linux (or linux in
>       general)
>     - Nice way to test our docker image in production
>     - People who are forced to work on windows at work can use Arch
>       Linux at work as well
>     - More bugreports / feedback / forum activity?
> contras:
>     - Microsoft is Microsoft (I think I don't need to explain)
>     - More Newbies?
>     - Somebody would need to maintain it (I would do it)
>     - If Arch Linux partnerships with Microsoft could lead into bad image?
> I would like to hear as much feedback as possible. So don't be shy :)
> I want to give feedback to the microsoft guys in round about 1 week.
> I guess that should be enough to dicuss this topic.
> So deadline is 2018-02-7
> -- Chris

This has come up before, my personal preference is that if you want Arch is
WSL, go ahead and install Arch in WSL. It's not difficult by just using the
bootstrap image. IMO, this would be similar to us supporting Manjaro, Antergos,
or any other automatic, pre-configured and setup system.
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