Linux Running Native on Windows with WSL

Initial Peek at Window Subsystem for Linux

Oh my gosh! I didnt believe it when I heard about Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). What do you mean I can run Linux (and particularly Debian) natively on my Windows machine? I get all that Linuxy goodness and no VM overhead? Seriously?

Oh, yes. Yes, you do and I am happy. I can manage the Raspberry Pi's natively and all from a single point. It works and it shows the vision of Micrsoft has expanded. Several years ago, this was unthinkable.


Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Restart and then head off to the Microsoft Store to choose your flavour.

Launch the app and you'll be asked to enter a Unix username and password.
You are done.


Check out the documenation if you have any issues. Microsoft have included common issues with the installation instructions. It went pretty smooth for me. I did have to reset the Store before the app would install but I had an issue with my profile affecting all store apps.


I am keen to see what can be done and how this will be built on and what is coming in the future. So, if you manage both Windows and Linux, or just want to learn and cannot afford the luxury of the VM, then I do recommend you check it out.

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Steve Rackham

Steve Rackham

By day, IT professional with advanced skills across a broad spectrum of technology stacks and enterprise platforms. By night, happiest learning while tinkering under the hood and writing :)

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