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Message 42915 - Posted: 26 Jun 2020, 10:30:13 UTC
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Someone, not sure if it's here or elsewhere, has a nice signature "If it ain't broke, it hasn't got enough features yet"

One of the new "Features" in recent Windows 10 builds is Windows subsystem for Linux which has a description of "Provides services and environments for running native user-mode Linux shells and tools on Windows."
Has anyone tried running Native using this? All I can find in a forum search is this post from Laurence from November. It mentions Hyper-V which we have always been told to turn off, in favour of VBox. I only have the Home version of Windows yet both Hyper-V and WSL are listed as selectable optional features. Is there any performance benefit, although if it's having to run in a Virtual environment either way, perhaps not. I can't imagine the Hyper-V overheads being any less than VBox. Or is it simpler just sticking with VBox which is known to work? I'm thinking out loud, now so I'll stop and await replies.
I can't test it straight away myself as I need to reboot the host to activate this feature but can't do that until a currently running Ibercivis Covid task completes as they don't checkpoint.
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Message 42916 - Posted: 26 Jun 2020, 13:05:08 UTC

Welcome back Ray,
Virtualbox is the default VM in Boinc.
Native Linux is possible, when you build a Linux VM under Virtualbox in Windows pro.
Otherwhise you can build your PC in Linux instead of Windows.
Windows have now a very good stability to run 35 days without a possible reboot.
We have a low mistake-rate for our VM's (Atlas, CMS and Theory).
Let us crunsh for the next future with Virtualbox.
There are three Virtualbox-Versions active (5.2, 6.0 and 6.1).
Some projects in Boinc need 5.2 for the moment (Cosmology with docker).
Atlas have also 5.2.32 as Linux-VM inside.
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Message 42917 - Posted: 26 Jun 2020, 13:50:14 UTC - in response to Message 42916.  

Thanks, Maeax,
Just passing through. I'm letting my machines concentrate on Covid research for now and some of that work at Rosetta and Dreamlab for Imperial College London looks to be bearing fruit.

I was interested when I read about this WSL and wondered if it was possible without too much work. I think, whenever I return, I'll stick with VBox rather than making things more complicated for myself. One of my machines has rejected the latest Windows update twice so it's going back to pre-update working state.
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