Ubuntu on WSL Software Engineer


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Job Summary

Job Type


Years of Experience
At least 1 year

Tech Stacks
Visual Studio

Job Description

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new capability in Windows that opens up new possibilities for Linux development and operations in Windows environments. WSL is not a virtual machine system like Hyper-V, nor an operations capability like Docker or Kubernetes, nor a cloud simulator like Multipass. Instead, WSL offers a specific set of capabilities from a Linux environment across to the Windows desktop, allowing for interesting new kinds of integration to take place at that boundary. Use your Windows editors and version control, compile and test on Linux, for example.

We are excited to explore the forefront of these possibilities, helping to shape the future of Windows-and-Linux development. We work closely with the WSL team to ensure that the latest capabilities in WSL are usable and well integrated with Ubuntu. We work with other developer communities, such as those at Nvidia, to ensure that the cross-over of their needs and the Windows platform takes advantage of WSL.

You will be responsible for delivering the best Linux experience on WSL to a huge audience. You will have direct influence over the roadmap for Ubuntu on WSL and will specify, architect and develop features in association with other leaders such as tech leads, engineering managers, product managers and developer advocates.

You will have the opportunity to speak at conferences about your work on WSL, and interact with a very enthusiastic community.

The successful candidate will be passionate about the future of Ubuntu, mindful of the dynamics of the open source ecosystem, and equally aware of the needs of large organisations. Strong communication and relationship skills are as important as superb technical skills. This job involves international travel several times a year, usually for one week at a time.

As an Ubuntu on WSL Software Engineer you will:

  • Implement support for new WSL features in Ubuntu
  • Closely follow upstream development in WSL
  • Manage Ubuntu WSL applications in the Microsoft Store
  • Implement support for Ubuntu features on WSL
  • Contribute to upstream projects in support of WSL features
  • Define, manage and execute test plans
  • Manage Ubuntu Hyper-V images in the Quick Create gallery
  • Work with other teams at Canonical to deliver agreed features
  • Help the Desktop Team to ensure that Ubuntu is released every 6 months on schedule
  • Responding to, and work to resolve, issues raised by end users and customers
The successful Ubuntu on WSL Software Engineer will have:

  • A clear passion for the future of Ubuntu on WSL.
  • Demonstrable contribution to an open source project.
  • C/C++ and Python experience, preferably with an open-source project.
  • Awareness of some of the open-source development tools used in creating Ubuntu Desktop, such as git, Launchpad, and Debian packaging tools.
  • Capacity to learn quickly about new systems and techniques.
  • Excellent logic, problem solving, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong English language communication skills.
  • Comfortable with online communication and collaboration tools such as mailing lists, Mattermost, and wiki.
  • Ability to be productive in a globally distributed team through self-discipline and self-motivation, delivering according to a schedule.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a technical field.
  • 1+ years of experience as a software developer in a professional setting.
The successful Ubuntu on WSL Software Engineer will ideally also have:

  • Experience with Windows Subsystem for Linux, virtualization, and containers.
  • Knowledge of PowerShell, Visual Studio, and Azure DevOps.
  • Knowledge of some of the technology stack that makes up an Ubuntu desktop (GNOME, D-Bus, systemd, Xorg/Wayland, etc.).
  • Be an existing Debian or Ubuntu contributor/developer.
  • Awareness of agile development methodologies and tools.
What Canonical offers:

  • Entirely home-based teams
  • Learning and development
  • Annual compensation review
  • Recognition rewards
  • Annual leave
  • Priority Pass for travel
Canonical believes a diverse workforce enhances our ability to deliver world class software and services which meet the world’s computing needs. We are committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.



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