Microsoft and Linux hasn’t always had the best relationship throughout the years. However, a new direction for the company in part thanks to its current CEO has been both surprising and beneficial to Windows and Linus fans alike. Back at Build 2017 in May of this year, Microsoft announced that they would allow Windows 10 users to “install” Linux distros like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora directly through their Windows Store.
Last month we saw both openSUSE Leap 42 | SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 published in the Windows Store and this week we’re seeing some additional activity on this front. Canonical has just published Ubuntu in the Windows Store this week (which is 20170619.1 build of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS currently) and Windows 10 Insiders can test out the new software right now. Naturally the download is free and users should expect there to be some limitations since it’s being run in a virtualized environment.
As mentioned, Ubuntu is currently only available to Windows 10 Insiders because official support will not be made available to the public until the upcoming Windows 10 update in the fall. The Windows Store entry for Ubuntu says installing it will allow the user to “use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more.” While significantly easier than other alternatives, it’s not going to be as simple as just installing the download and instantly start using Ubuntu.
Windows 10 users will need to enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux feature that was added to Windows 10 in a previous update. This can also be performed from the Administrator PowerShell prompt with the Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux command. With all of that complete, you’ll then be able to type the command ubuntu in a command prompt (or the start menu) and it will launch the program.
Do we have any Windows 10 Insiders readers who have tried out Ubuntu on Windows? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source: Windows Store