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Finally, Microsoft’s built-in Linux kernel for Windows 10

Microsoft's built-in Linux kernel for Windows 10 is ready for testing Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 uses a real Linux kernel for faster performance.

Just as Microsoft promised to its users, it has delivered a built of Windows 10 to members of its Insiders beta program that includes Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. This was announced last month at the Microsofts’s Build event, and the tech included in Preview Build 18917 (20H1) should bring much faster I/O performance than the previous emulator showed.

Microsoft’s Command Line blog has more details on how to make it all work, but for real-world benchmarks, we’ll have to wait for testers to update and interface with it using Linux distributions that are either sideloaded or installed from the Windows Store.

Ubuntu on Windows will allow one to use Ubuntu Terminal as well as run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more. To use this feature, Microsoft says one first needs to use “Turn Windows features on or off” and select “Windows Subsystem for Linux”, click OK, reboot, and use this app. Please note that Windows 10 S does not support running this app.

To launch, use “ubuntu” on the command-line prompt (cmd.exe), or click on the Ubuntu tile in the Start Menu.  To enable the “Windows Subsystem for Linux”, one can also use the  Administrator PowerShell prompt: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux. This app installs the Ubuntu release on Windows. To upgrade to a new release run do-release-upgrade in the Ubuntu Terminal.

Let’s wait and see if Microsoft will integrate the Windows Subsystem for Linux with Cortana after the upgrade Cortana got last year with Semantic Machines

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