Lilbits: Ubuntu on Windows, rising smartphone shipments, and first-time Mac and iPad buyers

When Apple introduced the M1 processor late last year, the company made bold claims about its performance and efficiency. And when reviews of the new Macs powered by the chip started to come in, it turned out that those claims were largely true – Apple’s new processors are among the fastest desktop and laptop chips […]

Now you can run Linux on Windows 10 without developer mode

One of the more surprising (and geeky) features Microsoft introduced with the launch of Windows 10 was something called Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Basically, it’s a tool that lets you run a Linux-based operating system such as Ubuntu within Windows. Up until now the only way to do that was to enable Developer Mode from […]

Not all Windows Store apps will run on Windows 10 S (No Linux distros, for example)

Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system that, among other things, can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. That makes Windows 10 S faster and more secure than Windows 10 Home or Pro in some situations, but it also means you may have trouble installing drivers for third-party […]

Windows 10 Creators Update includes big Windows Subsystem for Linux improvements

One of the most surprising things about Windows 10 is that it supports some Linux software. That’s thanks to a feature called the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which is an Ubuntu-based file system designed to let developers run command line tools in a Linux terminal window. Now that Microsoft has begun rolling out the Windows […]

Ubuntu isn’t the only version of Linux that can run on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes support for an Ubuntu Linux subsystem, allowing you to run some Linux-based software natively in Windows without using a virtual machine or a dual-boot setup. But what if you’d prefer to use a Linux distribution other than Ubuntu? SUSE product manager Hannes Kühnemund has posted instructions for replacing the Ubuntu filesystem with either […]

Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment can run in Windows (but not very well)

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming in August includes an unusual feature aimed at developers: an Ubuntu sub-system that lets you run Linux software using a command-line interface. Preview versions have been available since April, and while Microsoft and Canonical worked together to bring support for the Bash terminal to Windows 10, it didn’t take […]

Yes, you can run desktop Linux apps in Windows 10 thanks to Ubuntu on Windows

One of the most surprising new features coming to Windows 10 this summer is “Ubuntu on Windows,” which basically brings a complete Ubuntu Linux file system to Microsoft’s operating system and allows developers to run Bash and command-line apps. But what about desktop apps with a graphical user interface? Officially Windows 10 doesn’t support those. […]

Microsoft launches Windows 10 preview with Bash on Ubuntu, Cortana improvements, and more

This summer Microsoft will launch an “anniversary update” for Windows 10 that will bring new features for pen input, support for logging into websites with a fingerprint, and an Ubuntu file system that lets you use Bash to run command-line Linux apps without a virtual machine. But you don’t have to wait until this summer […]