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posted by martyb on Sunday March 15 2020, @03:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the EEE? dept.

Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to all Windows 10 users (archive):

You won't have to be a tester to try Windows 10's new, built-in Linux kernel in the near future. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 will be widely available when Windows 10 version 2004 arrives. You'll have to install it manually for a "few months" until an update adds automatic installs and updates, but that's a small price to pay if you want Linux and Windows to coexist in peace and harmony. It'll be easier to set up, at least -- the kernel will now be delivered through Windows Update instead of forcing you to install an entire Windows image.

Embrace, Extend... Excite!

Windows blog post.

Previously: Windows 10 Will Soon Ship with a Full, Open Source, GPLed Linux Kernel

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday March 15 2020, @04:27AM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Sunday March 15 2020, @04:27AM (#971485) Journal

    AnandTech recently interviewed a cheapo Chinese brand:

    How Good (or Bad) is a $100 Laptop? The Coda Spirit Review []

    Q: I noticed that the model I purchased came with Windows 10 Home version 1803, which is old. I could update to 1903 fine, but in order to successfully update to 1909, I had to install an M.2 SATA drive. I tried with a microSD card but during the update process the microSD controller is not initialized early enough in order to complete the update. Will future batches be sold with Windows 10 Home 1909 installed?

    A: You must have an early device; we update the Windows image with each batch produced. Devices that come preinstalled with 1903 have Reserved Storage enabled (updating to 1903 doesn’t enable this) from what I have seen Reserved Storage fixes all the issue that Windows 10 had when trying to update on low storage devices. Yes, future devices will have a more up to date Windows build.

    So if you have the right version, I guess you can use a microSD card to facilitate an update. Still pretty stupid and all of these Windows devices should come with 64 GB minimum. ChromeOS on the other hand can deal with 16 GB just fine.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by RamiK on Sunday March 15 2020, @09:53AM

    by RamiK (1813) on Sunday March 15 2020, @09:53AM (#971523)

    So if you have the right version, I guess you can use a microSD card to facilitate an update.

    He probably can't. Many cheap Atoms have platform drivers that weren't packaged in Windows that supply the SD card driver so the upgrade boot environment can't reach the extra storage.

    In one particular Bay Trail device I couldn't even work the keyboard, touch screen, ethernet or bluetooth so I ended up doing the USB installation from the media creation tool on the one available USB port and a powered usb hub connected through a USB OTG on the power port chaining a keyboard, mouse, and a usb-ethernet adapter. I also weren't supplied drivers from the manufacturer and had to collect bits and pieces from similar lenovo, intel nuc and dell when the installation was done to get everything working...