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I'll grudgingly admit that Windows Subsytem for Linux isn't bad like I thought it would be. That said, there are several things you might want to do to make it more livable.

Enabling WSL

First, to enable WSL at all (from here), in adminstrator powershell:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Then, it still being Windows, you have to restart.

Installing distro

Windows Store is a garbage zone. Here's the spell for skipping that part (from here). Just download this URL and double click what you get:

Other URLs exist for other distros; you're on your own for that.

Making it Launchy-launchable

The distro will be installed as an "app", which is Windows 10 speak for "dumbed down program that's treated in special ways that break normal workflows". If you have classic Start and Launchy, to make it work with Launchy:

  • Make a shortcut of the "app", then put the shortcut into the classic start menu programs list.

Basic packages

The default package set is actually not bad. But here's what's missing:

sudo apt install lynx links binutils zip unzip gdb

Keyboard scrolling

By default, there's no keyboard shortcut to scroll the Windows terminal. Per here, a quick duct tape solution is to use the following script in AutoHotKey:

#IfWinActive ahk_class ConsoleWindowClass

Send {WheelUp}

Send {WheelDown}

windows_subsystem_for_linux_setup.1564771810.txt.gz · Last modified: 2019/08/02 11:50 by tkbletsc