Back in May 2017 at Microsoft’s Build conference, Microsoft announced that they are working on bringing various Linux distros (a computer software distribution package) like Ubuntu, Fedora, and SUSE to Windows 10 in favor of strengthening the love of Microsoft towards open source community.
Today finally Ubuntu Linux is released for Windows 10 and now available to install from Windows Store to right inside Windows 10. Yes, you read it right, now you can run Ubuntu alongside with Windows 10 without any virtual environment (Virtual Box, VM Ware) exciting right?
Now you can download Ubuntu operating system like an Application from Windows Store, which has several benefits than other conventional installation methods.
- Faster & more reliable downloads: OS download is fast & reliable due to block-based download mechanism which reduces the size of apps being downloaded. Current Ubuntu distro download size is around 193MB only!!!
- You can install your distros to secondary fixed drives (i.e. not C:!), you can not install it in alternative or removable drives as it’s Windows Store app.
- Install distros side-by-side: Not only Ubuntu, you can able to install other Linux distros in parallel.
- Run multiple distro’s simultaneously: Yes, you can run more than one distro’s in parallel.
Current Ubuntu installation brought support for features like Ubuntu Terminal and run command line utilities like bash, ssh, git, apt, dpkg .
How to Install and Run Ubuntu on Windows 10:
- To install Ubuntu on Windows 10 you need to be on Windows Insider build 16215 or above. You can join Windows Insider Program from HERE.
- After being on Windows Insider Build you need to install Ubuntu from HERE, on Windows 10.
- Navigate to “Control Panel” & open “Program & Features”
- Click on “Turn Windows features on or off” at top left side bar.
- Enable “Windows Subsystem for Linux”, click “OK”. It will ask for rebooting system, do it.
- After then you can start Ubuntu from start menu or you can use “ubuntu” command in Command Prompt. That’s it!!!
Apart from that other two popular distros SUSE and Fedora also will be available to install from Windows Store in upcoming weeks.
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