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MJFChat: What's new and next for Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux

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We are doing a twice-monthly interview show on that will cover topics of interest to our tech-professional audience. We are calling this show “MJFChat.”

In my role as Petri’s Community Magnate, I will be interviewing a variety of IT-savvy technology folks. Some of these will be Petri contributors; some will be tech-company employees; some will be IT pros. We will be tackling various subject areas in the form of 30-minute audio interviews. I will be asking the questions, the bulk of which we’re hoping will come from you, our community of readers.

We will ask for questions a week ahead of each chat. Readers can post their suggested questions in the designated “MJFChat” area in our forums. Once the interviews are completed, we will post the audio and associated transcript in the forums for readers to digest at their leisure.

Our next MJFChat, scheduled for Monday, December 9. The subject is Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux. My special guest is Microsoft Program Manager Craig Loewen. We want you to submit your best questions ahead of our chat here in the forums.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows developers to run a Linux environment, including most command-line tools, utilities and apps, directly on Windows 10 and Windows Server. When Microsoft first introduced WSL in Windows 10 in 2016, it was more of a Linux interface designed in partnership with Canonical. Microsoft is rearchitecting WSL with WSL2 so that it actually provides a Microsoft-written Linux kernel running in a lightweight virtual machine that’s based on a subset of Hyper-V.

If you’ve got questions about what’s new and what’s next for WSL, Loewen is standing by. If there are any specific topics or scenarios you’d like him to cover, make sure to chime in ahead of time.

Also: If you know someone you’d like to see interviewed on the MJFChat show, including yourself, send me a note at (Let me know why you think this person would be an awesome guest and what topics you’d like to see covered.) We’ll take things from there….

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