But why?


Embrace, Extend, Extinguish. Microsoft will get Linux apps to run flawlessly in Windows so there will be less of a reason to use Linux instead of Windows. Then Microsoft will extend the functionality of Linux apps running in a Windows environment, and this will cause all sorts of problems for native Linux users trying to run these programs.

  • Windows can run all Linux programs flawlessly -> Customers keep using Windows.
  • Extended Linux programs work great on Windows, but are buggy on native Linux -> Windows seems better than Linux.
  • Native Windows apps will still run more efficiently -> incentive to develop exclusively for Windows.

I feel like it’s an example of a greater problem of “not walking the walk” when it comes to Linux. Like, people being Linux enthusiasts while using Macs for their daily drivers. I saw an article somewhere about it but I forgot where it was.


This doesn’t seem plausible at all to me. If you’re making a GUI app for desktop computers and commercial success is your goal, you absolutely are not, and will not, be targeting linux first and expecting Windows users to set up HyperV and WSL2 to run your app. If you want your app to be cross platform, you will use one of many cross platform toolsets available now. Given that, it makes no sense to “extend” linux app compatibility for windows- point 3 is true already.

The point of this isn’t to unlock a massive treasures trove of Linux exclusive GUI apps for regular Windows users because, frankly, regular Windows users aren’t missing out on anything in this regard. This is mostly for cross platform developers using Windows.

I agree with @rootinit@lemmy.ml , it seems like you’re trying to shoehorn this development into your understanding of a 20 year old meme and its a stretch to put it lightly. I understand not trusting Microsoft but I don’t think this is especially sinister.


This is archaic thinking. Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft. These days, Microsoft makes more money from Linux (read Azure) than they do from Windows. Desktop operating systems for consumers are dying.


They do make money from people running linux in the cloud but they will still make money if people run windows (or an EEE version of linux in the cloud).

They will always want more control of the OS people use as it will always be more profitable for them.


Meh. I don’t like that “tin hat” approach. To me it sounds just like a novelty to try. Regular linux users will just look at that and smile and the newbies… well… they do the usual and follow the guides. I do not think anything will change with that.

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