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  1. 2 votes
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  2. Add support for 32-bit ELF executables

    A lot of tools written for Linux can be downloaded as 64-bit, but there are still a few that only 32-bit downloads are available for. I've tried using virtual machines, but that tends to not be feasibly in some projects.

    98 votes
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  3. WSL2: mount still does not work correctly on ISO files

    WSL2: mount does not work correctly on ISO files:

    Simple ISO mounting, e.g.
    mount -o loop /path/to/file.iso /mnt

    Does not work under WSL2 - it gives:
    mount: /mnt: mount failed: Operation not permitted.

    Somehow even though this is Ubuntu Kernel 18.04 - it still doesn't appear to work the same as Ubuntu hosted in Hyper-V directly.

    2 votes
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  4. http://www.simxon.com/articles/20190614-wsl2-and-still-waiting.html

    Please increase floating point performance when using WSL2 for multiprocessing.

    2 votes
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  5. How to make the letters of the wsl bigger?

    I'ts quite straight foward, I have a hard time reading stuff in the terminal, I would like to have a bit of a larger font.

    1 vote
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  6. WSL2: Ability to choose network adapter setting

    The title pretty much says it all. Right now it seems to be running with as a host-only network, which works really well in most use cases, however it would be nice to have the possibility of choosing something else.

    I'm thinking it could be added as an option to the 'wsl' command, much like '--set-version'. Maybe something like '--set-network-adapter <Distro> <Adapter-Setting>'

    2 votes
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  7. Install Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)

    Please, provide installer with the latest Ubuntu 19.04 for WSL.

    3 votes
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  8. Will be possible connect usb devices not storage or serial com

    I would like connect smartphone for use adb console directly from linux for android development or wifi usb for ethical hacking environment, create a isolate network for the wsl using usb interfaces of net.

    1 vote
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  9. Please support booting from Raw Disk or Partition with ᴡꜱʟ2 !

    ᴡꜱʟ2 adds the requirement of regular ᴠʜᴅ which makes on hard drives the fragmentation of the ᴠʜᴅ Itself adds‑up with the Fragmentation of the files inside it whereas everything was shared (included free space) in ᴡꜱʟ1.

    Please at least allow to boot existing installed real Linux Distributions to fix this !

    1 vote
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  10. Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

    Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

    101 votes
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  11. A more specific instruction for heavy linux user

    WSL is quite nice, as a trial of break the barrier between windows for mature APPs and linux for developer needs.

    However, can you post a more specific instruction how to understand WSL. Especially when heavy ubuntu user trys to set some ubuntu features.

    From where can we find the whole system files, to how to use copy and paste correctly in WSL. All these macroscopic or microcosmic details are the key to the usability of WSL

    2 votes
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  12. Support AF_PACKET address family (tcpdump/wireshark...)

    From https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/1628

    It would be great to get support for AF_PACKET, as some networking tools or software rely on that.

    Samples of tool that won't work without it:
    - tcpdump (socket: Invalid argument)
    - wireshark
    - some nmap functions
    - Scapy

    1,972 votes
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    This ask is on our backlog. When we make progress, we’ll update the status of this issue.

    If you’ve not seen this ask’s status change it’s because we’ve not yet started work on this ask. Like many longer-standing asks, this is a very complex issue and requires significant engineering effort which has to be prioritized and funded.

    Polite Ask: PLEASE DON’T POST +1 COMMENTSTHIS IS USERVOICEUPVOTE THE ASK ITSELF.

    POSTING +1’s SIMPLY ADDS NOISE & DEVALUES OTHERS’ VALUABLE FEEDBACK.

  13. Support Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb

    Both Oracle Berkeley DB and lmdb fail on WSL as of build 18204. This is due to an issue with mmap described at https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/658 and https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/902

    Please fix the mmap issue so that lmdb and Oracle Berkeley DB, and projects relying on them, work in WSL.

    21 votes
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  14. Add libgl support to WSL

    There are many development tools unable to be ported to Windows due to their proprietary nature and others that though not proprietary have no interest in porting to Windows. For me specifically, it's being able to utilize dev tools such as VSCode, Sublime Text, Draft, Javalin, Bootsnap, OSQuery, and/or FSQL without downloading a third party X server that only does partial implementation. Libgl is specifically required to get GUI apps to run and doesn't currently exist. Please implement libgl and create an API for driver makers to use to enable use of these and other GUI dev tools.

    106 votes
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  15. Provide documetation for building custom distributions (distro.tar.gz)

    Please document the process for creating a custom distribution. (distro.tar.gz files)

    I would like to build distros for items that are not supported on the Microsoft store and customize existing distrobutions.

    1 vote
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  16. support for ethtool

    When you run ethtool it replies with "Invalid argument"

    Exact command example: sudo ethtool -T eth0
    Example Output: Cannot get device time stamping settings: Invalid argument.

    This would be useful for testing timing applications e.g. LinuxPTP as a grandmaster to be used with the new W10 Client PTP support.

    3 votes
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  17. i386 support

    Currently it does not seem to be possible to execute 32-bit Linux ELF binaries in WSL environment. Generally this is not a big deal if the source of the program is available in a way or another, however, there is quite a lot of 32-bit proprietary tools that are distributed in binary-only form, and currently those are unusable within WSL.

    5 votes
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  18. Optimize disk I/O speed

    Due to administrative requirements, I cannot disable windows defender in the WSL directory - right now, all disk I/O is **very** slow (10x slower than native windows) - is disk I/O already fully optimized? 5-10x slower sounds pretty bugworthy.

    5 votes
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  19. 1 vote
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  20. Use F2FS for VHDX creation on SSD drives

    It could nicey improve I/O performance, and is more optimised towards flash drives.

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