How I went from die hard Mac OS for my development, back to Windows 10

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Mac OS is great, it works really well and makes being a developer extremely simple, but there were a few things missing and working with Docker on Mac OSX is a pain!

TLDR;
I tried out WSL2 on Windows 10 and it has solved all of my problems.

I used to think Windows was only good for gaming … well it is, but lately Windows has really been shining. Over the past few years I have really seen a lot of attention to the Microsoft Store and the products there are improving a lot. I am also quite the gamer and have been an Xbox subscriber since day 1 and love the fact that with Game Pass I can enjoy all my favorite games on both Xbox and PC.

The operating system has been improving a lot over the past few years and when I tried out WSL v1 I felt that there was a lot of room for improvement and it was super resource hungry and I was left frustrated.

Now after getting a taste of WSL 2 and the power it brings to the table, it has changed my life for the better. My day to day life includes doing a lot of DevOps tasks, but also a lot of Infosec duties like running penetration tests on our services.

In the past I relied on VirtualBox with different VMs to carry out my duties. However now with WSL2 I can switch between my environments super easy. I can do DevOps and development using Ubuntu and then in another terminal tab I can run my penetration tests on Kali linux.

My applications like Slack, DataGrip and Burp Suite work perfectly on Windows and I don’t have to muck about with my sound card drivers at all.

When work ends I can easily enjoy the latest games on Windows by firing up my Battle.net, Steam or Epic Launcher without the need to switch devices.

As a bonus, I absolutely love Visual Studio Code as my editor … and it works perfectly with WSL 2 support. I get the best out of all the different operating systems I need on the one platform.

Another great thing is that Docker on WSL 2 works out of the box without any hassles, plus it runs super fast and I can use it on all of my WSL instances without the need to run clunky virtual machines.

Get started with WSL2 today, check out this great article: https://dienbui.medium.com/getting-started-with-wsl-2-7d88b6ce3aba

Another great resource: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install

Have your tried WSL2 for your development needs? If so leave a comment with your experience … whether good or bad?

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DevSecOps Director at Hyve Mobile. AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, INE Certified Cloud Associate (ICCA).

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Craig Newton

Craig Newton

DevSecOps Director at Hyve Mobile. AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, INE Certified Cloud Associate (ICCA).

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