Occasionally my Office on Ubuntu concept video goes semi-viral again and I get a lot of questions. I thought it was time for an update.

I am thrilled people are excited about the possibility of a Linux Subsystem for Windows that could run Windows applications with full API compatibility. If Wine is LSW 1, then maybe this could become LSW 2.

I share their enthusiasm. Running applications and OSes on other OSes is kind of my jam.

I continue to believe there will be significant cross-pollination between Linux and Windows in the coming years, driven by open source, adoption of open source and Linux by Microsoft, and advances in virtualization.

I would like to see the project that comes from my Office on Ubuntu concept executed well. My experience with other projects has shown they take significant commitment to do well, be secure, and have long-term sustainability.

The good news is the tech stack upon which I think this could be sustainably and securely built in the long-term is maturing quickly.

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If you are interested in getting involved with any of the projects above, let me know on Twitter and I can point you in the right direction.

Currently at Canonical I am focused on new and exciting new things for Ubuntu on WSL with Patrick and Sohini. We should be able to show off some new stuff there in the coming weeks. Here is a sneak peek:

In my personal time I am focusing on my family, my forthcoming book, Advanced WSL from Apress (already behind due to 2020), and self-care to keep my anxiety and panic down at a functional level.

I have been able to find some time here and there to update Awesome-WSL, Awesome-UNIX, microsoft-opensource, and experiment a new path forward for unofficial-webapp-office.

In the meantime, I am thrilled by efforts to duplicate what I showed off, like winmin and winapps. I encourage others who want something now to get involved in those projects.