Get started with the Windows Subsystem for Linux
Yesterday, I sat in a coffeeshop and installed two Linux distributions on my Windows development PC. They weren’t virtual machines or dual-boot systems, and I didn’t have to go through the usual route of finding download pages and uncompressing installer files. Instead, I went to the Windows Store, searched for Linux, picked the distros I wanted, and clicked Install for each. Once they’d downloaded, all I needed to do was open a terminal window and add a username and password; I was ready to go.
It was all possible because I’m running the latest preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which has added new features to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1609) and significantly updated in the recently released Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703), WSL is part of Microsoft’s answer to the question “How do we get developers using Windows again?”
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