Remote - WSL

Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

Over the past few years Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has come up a few times in our discussions. Although we liked what we saw, including the improvements in WSL 2, it never made it into the Radar. In this edition we want to highlight an extension for Visual Studio Code that greatly improves the experience working with WSL. Although Windows-based editors could always access files on a WSL file system, they were unaware of the isolated Linux environment. With the Remote - WSL extension, Visual Studio Code becomes aware of WSL, allowing developers to launch a Linux shell. This also enables debugging of binaries running inside WSL from Windows. Jetbrains' IntelliJ too has seen steady improvement in its support for WSL.