Tested distributions under WSL2

The following distributions I have installed/created, tested and used under WSL2 and Windows 10.

  1. Alpine Linux – extremely tiny; created from Docker image
  2. AlmaLinux – migrated from CentOS using AlmaLinux migration tool
  3. Arch Linux – created from virtual machine install
  4. CentOS – created from rootfs image, then upgraded to latest version
  5. CentOS Stream – upgraded from from CentOS8 install
  6. Deepin Linux – created from virtual machine install
  7. Debian 10 (“Buster”) – Microsoft Store
  8. Debian Testing (“Bullseye”) – upgraded from official Debian 10 release
  9. Devuan – migrated from Debian as installed from the Microsoft Store
  10. Fedora – created from virtual machine installation
  11. Gentoo – compiled from source using Stage3 tarball/rootfs iamge
  12. Kali Linux – Microsoft Store
  13. Oracle Linux – migrated from CentOS instance using CentOS migration tool from Oracle
  14. RedHat Enterprise Linux – created from virtual machine installation
  15. Rocky Linux – migrated from CentOS manually
  16. Ubuntu – Microsoft Store
  17. Slackware – created from Docker image

As you can see, if you can find your favorite distribution in the Microsoft Store, great, if not or if its only available as a paid distribution, just bake your own. It’s not that difficult and really there is no reason why you should not have the Linux distribution of your choice available under WSL2.

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