Windows' Linux

Dan Egli danegli.74 at
Thu Jul 5 09:02:21 MDT 2018

My main question is whether it would work for something like running
Sendmail/Postfix/Exim, nginx and courier-imap. If not, how would that work
with Cygwin?


On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 4:20 PM Lonnie Olson <lists at> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 3:13 PM, Dan Egli <danegli.74 at> wrote:
> > Has anyone had any experience with the Windows Services for Linux? How
> does
> > it compare to a full fledged distro? I'm really curious, but not in a
> > position (yet) to experiment for myself.
> >
> I've used it a bit.  It is still quite Beta at the moment.
> It is a full fledged distribution (minus the kernel).  You can generally
> install any Linux application.  (Note: install != run)
> Like the others said, it's not a virtual machine.  No Linux kernel, No
> "init" of any kind, so running background services is difficult.
> Also there are several features it doesn't yet support so many programs
> will fail with strange errors, like unix sockets or other lower level
> network stuff.  Things like X11, nmap and tcpdump will not work.
> Though, Microsoft is making lots of progress with each update.
> All that said, you can still get a lot done with it.
> * A real openssh client
> * access to Windows file systems
> * bash, coreutils, curl, python, perl, ruby, etc.
> So far, not enough to swap from a Linux VM to WSL completely.  However,
> some good progress.
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