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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @11:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 15 2020, @11:02PM (#971698)

    Windows doesn't support fork() or exec() natively. In order to emulate the behavior of fork(), cygwin has to jump through all sorts of hoops. It is a surprisingly complex operation. The context switches, mutexes, etc. produces a lot of overhead. Then if you call exec(), you end up causing another massive behavior emulation routine.