[aklug] how to get Linux within Windows environment

STEVE JOHNSON steve.johnson at gci.net
Fri Mar 2 18:08:15 AKST 2018

Would the "Windows subsystem for Linux" be helpful? Article on the
LInux Journal
website, http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/ubuntu-linux-and-bash-windows-program.
I don't know R and I have never worked for the State of Alaska, though
I know that Windows is the OS used by the state.
PS to AKLUG Linux Journal has risen from the dead.  I should send a
separate message on that subject. 
Steve JohnsonAnchorage, AK steve.sjohnson at gci.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Moon" 
Sent:Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:35:58 -0900
Subject:[aklug] how to get Linux within Windows environment

 Hi All,

 I'm a new employee of the State of Alaska, in a group within
 of Revenue that does investment stuff. I major tool for what I do is
 combined with MySQL, which I've used in mostly Debian Linux for over
 years. I need to figure out a way to get a Linux environment on which
 can run R but in a way that should be minimally threatening to the IT

 folks, who are Windows enthusiasts. Any thoughts on ways of 
 accommodating a Linux user like me within a group that almost 
 exclusively uses Windows?

 If they won't let me have a dedicated Linux box on-site, I'm not sure

 how threatening things like a VM or Windows subsystem for Linux would
 to the IT staff? Any thoughts on approaches which might represent 
 minimal risk from their perspective but still allow for me to run R
 MySQL within a Linux environment? I'd like to get some sense for what

 may be more vs. less risky approaches, when trying to refute their 
 reflexive, no, that's not what we do around here.

 Many thanks! Feeling like a blind and deaf being at the moment....


 Mark Moon

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