Microsoft brings desktop Linux apps to Windows 10 Insiders, GUI and all

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has allowed users to install a Linux distribution and run command line applications since Windows 10 first launched in 2015. Initially aimed at developers who wanted to be able to use Linux tools without rebooting or loading a virtual machine, WSL has picked up a number of improvements and […]

WSL Hello sudo brings biometric authentication to Windows Subsystem for Linux commands

The Windows Subsystem for Linux allows you to install a Linux distribution on Windows 10 PCs and run Linux applications and commands in a terminal window. The idea is to let developers and power users run Linux utilities on a Windows PC without the need to reboot or open a virtual machine – but it […]

It’s getting easier to install Windows Subsystem for Linux in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux allows you to download and install Linux and run command-line tools (and soon full-fledged desktop apps) on a Windows 10 computer. But installing a Linux distro using WSL has been a kind of tricky, multi-step process… until now. Earlier this year Microsoft announced it was working on an update that […]

Lilbits: Microsoft brings new Windows Subsystem for Linux to older Windows 10 builds

One of the most surprising things Microsoft did when the company introduced Windows 10 was to include a Windows Subsystem for Linux, which allows users to install Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions and run them within Windows. The optional feature lets you open up a terminal window and run Linux commands without the need to […]

Microsoft is bringing GPU computing to the Windows Subsystem for Linux

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows you to install a Linux environment within Windows and run some Linux applications without the need to reboot or switch computers. Right now only command line apps are officially supported, but in the future Microsoft plans to add support for desktop apps with a graphical user interface. In […]

Coming soon to Windows 10: Linux apps and a Windows Package Manager

Microsoft isn’t exactly turning Windows 10 into a GNU/Linux distribution, but the lines seem to be getting blurrier all the time. When Windows 10 first launched, it was the first version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system to feature an optional Windows Subsystem for Linux, allowing developers and advanced users to install a Linux distro within […]

Windows Subsystem for Linux comes to File Explorer (Windows 10 Preview Build 19603)

Windows 10 includes an optional feature called Windows Subsystem for Linux that lets you use a terminal window to run Linux utilities and access a Linux file system. But up until recently WSL was trapped in the terminal (unless you took extraordinary steps to give install a complete desktop environment). But starting last year, Microsoft […]

Windows Terminal v0.10 brings mouse and split-screen improvements

Microsoft’s Windows Terminal app is less than a year old, and it’s still more of a public preview than a fully functional replacement for other Windows command line tools. But it keeps inching closer. The latest release is out today, and Windows Terminal v0.10 brings a bunch of bug fixes and a handful of new features. […]

Microsoft to deliver Windows Subsystem for Linux kernel updates more quickly (using Windows Update)

The Windows Subsystem for Linux allows you to run a Linux terminal within Windows, complete with a full-fledged Linux kernel baked into the Windows operating system. Now Microsoft has announced plans to deliver Linux kernel updates more quickly. Previously the kernel was tied to the Windows OS image, which meant that you only got a […]

Wine on Windows lets you run Windows apps… on Windows (through Windows Subsystem for Linux)

Wine is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows applications on non-Windows operating systems including Linux and macOS. So naturally some folks have been trying for years to see if they could run Wine on Windows for no particularly good reason. Up until recently it hasn’t really been possible. Now it […]

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 debuts with Windows 10 preview build 181917

The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets you run command line Linux tools in Windows 10 by installing a full Linux system that can run alongside Windows. In May Microsoft announced that a major update to the Windows Subsystem for Linux was on the way, and now the first preview of WSL 2 is available. It’s baked […]

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 is faster, supports more apps

Along with a new Terminal app for interacting with command line tools, Microsoft is previewing a major update for its Windows Subsystem for Linux. The new version is called WSL 2, and Microsoft says it brings significant file system speed improvements, with some operations running up to 20 times faster. WSL 2 also brings full […]