Too much keyboard work for humble me, but Microsoft should offer to teach Linux how to make a ‘Killer’ Terminal/Command Prompt – this Windows PowerShell ‘tHiNgIe’ is almost fun to work with…almost. Hard to believe Linux has been at the Desktop OS stuff for 28 years and all they have to show for it is some 2000+ Linux Distros!? Linus Torvalds puts it this way:

I still wish we were better at having a standardize desktop that goes across all the distributions… It’s not a kernel issue. It’s more of a personal annoyance how the fragmentation of the different vendors have, I think, held the desktop back a bit.

“…back a bit” – interesting term, especially after 28 years of trying. Linus Torvalds continues:

It seems to be that Chromebooks and Android are the paths towards the desktop.

That made a lot of radical Linux users angry, I suspect. Don’t get me wrong, I love Linux – have been at it since 1996 for a reason, but being ‘Close only counts in Horseshoes (and hand Grenades)’, i.e. being close to becoming a real Desktop OS still leaves you with a ‘Toy’ OS. Now we are learning that Linux has had serious security issues for decades…

Linux Defender antivirus now in public preview, iOS and Android are next:

“We’re aiming to protect the modern workplace environment across everything that it is, being Microsoft or non-Microsoft. We’re protecting endpoints across Mac and today we’re extending this endpoint protection to Linux and to iOS and Android,” Moti Gindi, corporate vice president of Microsoft Threat Protection told ZDNet.

The video for the above link is – Why is Windows Defender so successful? – and it gives a quick review of Windows Defender success.

One thing is sure; Microsoft is going out of its way to help the Open-source community fix their lack of security issues/problems. However, Microsoft wasn’t going to wait around on them, and decided to create their own Linux-based OS, Azure Sphere OS. If Linux can’t fix their security issues, then I suspect Azure Sphere OS to become more than just a microcontroller operating system and/or they develop another Linux-based OS. That may also be one of the reasons for Ubuntu and Microsoft’s recent ‘close’ relationship, but that’s probably just more ‘pondering’ on my part (see Part 1 of WSL 2).

OK … more Dawdling with WSL 2. I don’t use a lot of Linux apps, but I do love how some Linux Distros incorporate GParted as part of their desktop. I would love being able to use GParted on my main computer, ‘Antec Jr.’ and not have to switch to a Ubuntu computer for formatting test drives after tests are done. Main computer runs WIN10 Pro and GParted won’t work from the desktop there, which is why support for Linux GUIs and applications interests me. I’ve tried Ubuntu thru Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtual machine, but GParted can’t even see a newly plugged in USB from there, just sees some virtualization of the SSD it ‘thinks’ it is on. Thusly, I am doing prep work with WSL 2 in hopes that I can at least use the GUI GParted on my main computer in the near future.

Here are two links for getting WSL 2 installed and working in the new Windows 10 version 2004 upgrade and/or install: 1) Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10. There are other guides out there also, and I don’t think that any two of ‘em are alike. There is also a Command Prompt installation method and a ‘few’ semi-GUI methods available – too difficult to explain, but I like one of the semi-GUI methods (semi meaning in combination with Windows PowerShell’s command prompt). 2) Updating the WSL 2 Linux kernel. I’ve ran several different tests on ‘Rose’ the WIN10 test machine, using two different SSD’s, and doing a totally new WIN10 Pro install on one of the SSD’s (once WIN10 is registered to a computer you can install it over and over on that computer, if you wish). Here is what needs to be accomplished:

You want to be able to type (w/o quotes): “wsl –list –verbose” (note: those should be double-dashes but editor makes it a big ‘dash’) into PowerShell’s prompt, and have that “Version 2” shown in the red rectangle show up instead of Version 1. Also, I’m definitely a novice & not a developer, but it seems that WSL 1 has to be installed first…even if you’re doing a totally new Windows 10 version 2004 install!? Just a novice, but don’t understand why WSL 1 has to be installed at all on the new Windows 10 version 2004…anyway, apparently it does. Hey, it can’t be that difficult to install if a novice can get it installed 3 different times! Here’s another pic with the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installed (terminal):

Not much more I can do with WSL 2 until they allow GUI apps ‘n stuff to be installed, so I may hold off installing it onto my main computer.

That should do it for this brief series…will add this post to the *Linux Security Issues* page…