Episode 353

A Week with WSL


April 17th, 2019

50 mins 7 secs

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About this Episode

Mike's back with thoughts on his recent adventures with the Windows Subsystem for Linux and what it might mean for the future of Linux development.

Plus the hurdles of working with an eGPU, why you should learn languages you might not use, and a neat pick for playing with HTTP.

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