Windows to become emulation layer atop Linux kernel, ensuring final triumph of Linux on the desktop, predicts Eric Raymond


Open source software advocate Eric S Raymond has penned an argument that the triumph of Linux on the desktop is imminent, because Microsoft will soon tire of Windows.

Raymond’s argument, posted to his blog late last week, kicks off with some frank admiration for Windows Subsystem For Linux, the tech that lets Linux binaries run under Windows. He notes that Microsoft is making kernel contributions just to improve WSL.

Raymond is also an admirer of software called “Proton”, an emulation layer that allows Windows games distributed by Steam to run under Linux.

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