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I am using WSL2. As far as I know it contains the full Linux Kernel plus userspace in a headless container. The ready-for.sh warns me against this and I can't see why.

FAIL: This is Windows (albeit WSL)
NOTE: You need to run this on the Linux machine you intend to use for the class

I can see a problem with WSL as system calls will route to the Windows kernel, but not WSL2.


  • coop
    coop Posts: 782

    it warns you against this because WSL is not supported -- that does not mean it won't work, but it is not one of the distros (there are an infinite number) that are tested against. Furthermore, you will not have any of the usual GUI interfaces, plus little ability to work with the kernel itself etc. You can try this, but it is a lot like AWS, it may or may not work even for the stuff that is pure command line. It is not a complete LInux distribution.

  • coop
    coop Posts: 782

    You did use the word "headless" . Keep in mind our class works imperfectly say on Ubuntu server compared to Ubuntu workstation as we simply don't design the course to work on it. There are not a lot of differences, but we know from experience some things break.


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