May 10-12, 2023
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Wednesday, May 10 • 2:05pm - 2:45pm
Windows Subsystem for Android and Linux: An in-Depth Look at Their Kernels - Allen Pais & Kelsey Steele, Microsoft

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This presentation, "Windows Subsystem for Android and Linux: An In-Depth Look at their Kernels," will provide an in-depth analysis of the kernels of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). WSA and WSL are both open-source projects that provide compatibility layers for Windows, allowing users to run Android applications and Linux applications respectively on the Windows operating system. The attendees will gain an understanding of the architecture, design, security, and maintenance of the kernels in both projects and how they are connected to the upstream Linux kernel. The discussion will also cover the ways in which WSA and WSL developers contribute upstream and the significance of open-source development in maintaining the stability and compatibility of these projects. The presentation appeals to individuals who are interested in the Windows operating system, its integration with Linux and Android through open-source efforts, and hold a passion for Linux kernel programming. The attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of WSA and WSL, the knowledge to further explore these projects, and a deeper appreciation of the impact that developers have on the future of these open-source technologies.


Allen Pais

Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Allen Pais is a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft and an open-source contributor. Allen is a Kernel maintainer for Mariner, WSA, LinkedIn etc.. At Microsoft. Originally a developer, he discovered open source and has been a convert ever since. Allen has been involved with open... Read More →
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Kelsey Steele

Software Engineer, Microsoft
Kelsey, a software engineer at Microsoft, works on the Linux kernel team and maintains the WSL2 kernel. A 2020 CS graduate from Colorado State University, Kelsey began her Linux kernel journey through the Linux Foundation's Linux Kernel Mentorship Program with a focus on the PCI subsystem... Read More →

Wednesday May 10, 2023 2:05pm - 2:45pm PDT
109 (Level 1)
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