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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: 1) by shrewdsheep on Sunday March 15 2020, @10:43AM (9 children)

    by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2020, @10:43AM (#971534)

    M$ makes a big strategic mistake (from their perspective). Once a smooth X/wayland layer is addded, this will make Linux the prime citizen in desktop and M$ will have to become a Linux distribution (maybe that is the plan).

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by EEMac on Sunday March 15 2020, @11:37AM (4 children)

    by EEMac (6423) on Sunday March 15 2020, @11:37AM (#971538)

    Why is that a bad thing?

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by janrinok on Sunday March 15 2020, @01:49PM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2020, @01:49PM (#971554) Journal
      I don't think he did say it _was_ a bad thing - but it might still be a strategic error for MS as a company. If they become a linux distro why would people bother? Every other distro is free!
    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @02:08PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @02:08PM (#971560)

      SYSTEMD.DLL would be a whole new dimension of pain

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday March 15 2020, @03:53PM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 15 2020, @03:53PM (#971581) Journal
        Not at all. A few quick edits of Windows registryd's binary files will fix up any minor problems you might have.
      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday March 16 2020, @03:14PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 16 2020, @03:14PM (#971903) Journal

        Maybe Microsoft will ban systemd from WSL ?

        --
        I get constant rejection even though the compiler is supposed to accept constants.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @02:15PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @02:15PM (#971562)

    Why would Microsoft do that? Graphically, the Windows desktop services are much better than Linux'. It's the command line where Microsoft is lacking.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @05:04PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @05:04PM (#971617)

      m$ is ALWAYS out for money. the first and formost consideration is always to make more money.
      this, ofc, doesn't always jive with what the user deserves.
      m$ "putting in" linux isn't about anything but tying a thin thread at their previously "star windows users" like a clingy gf or bf because they accidentally installed linux, liked it and are jumping ship. ofc m$ will never learn: money ruleZ the world in their book ... let go already!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by toddestan on Monday March 16 2020, @03:16AM (1 child)

    by toddestan (4982) on Monday March 16 2020, @03:16AM (#971776)

    I'm pretty sure that Microsoft would prefer you to use Windows, but if you're going to use Linux then they want you to use their Microsoft Linux on Windows instead of installing Linux on the bare metal. Kind of a variation on the old days when Microsoft would prefer you buy Windows, but if you aren't paying for your operating system then they'd rather you pirate Windows than install Linux.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Monday March 16 2020, @03:15PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 16 2020, @03:15PM (#971904) Journal

      In the early Groklaw days, I used to joke about this exact scenario. Never taking my joke seriously. Now here it is upon us. Just like the one time joke that you couldn't get infected with malware by merely receiving an email into your inbox.

      --
      I get constant rejection even though the compiler is supposed to accept constants.