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posted by janrinok on Thursday November 24, @07:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-did-we-live-without-it dept.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux in the Microsoft Store is now generally available on Windows 10 and 11

Let the fantastical news be proclaimed that will cause cheers of joy to be heard across soylent land!

Today the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in the Microsoft Store is dropping its "Preview" label and becomes generally available with our latest release! We are also making the Store version of WSL the default for new users who run wsl --install and easily upgradeable by running wsl --update for existing users. Using the Store version of WSL allows you to get updates to WSL much faster compared to when it was a Windows component.

In response to the WSL community's requests, WSL in the Store will now also be available on Windows 10 in addition to Windows 11. So, Windows 10 users will also be able to enjoy all of the latest features for WSL including systemd and Linux GUI app support!

I notice there is not a wsl -remove option. I don't know what I would have done if they didn't include systemd support.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by turgid on Thursday November 24, @08:07AM (9 children)

    by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @08:07AM (#1281427) Journal

    So we're all going to be running Microsoft's Linux distro now? I mean, who needs to install Linux at all when you can just use the one that comes with Windows? What are the implications: social, economic, technical and political?

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by KritonK on Thursday November 24, @09:15AM (5 children)

    by KritonK (465) on Thursday November 24, @09:15AM (#1281433)

    who needs to install Linux at all when you can just use the one that comes with Windows?

    Those who don't want to buy Windows for the privilege of not using it!

    • (Score: 3, Disagree) by psa on Thursday November 24, @09:23AM (4 children)

      by psa (220) on Thursday November 24, @09:23AM (#1281434) Homepage

      It's still hard to buy a computer without an MS Windows license.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by janrinok on Thursday November 24, @12:21PM (1 child)

        by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @12:21PM (#1281451) Journal

        I haven't bought one with Windows on for years. I get them with no OS installed.

        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by maxwell demon on Saturday November 26, @07:18AM

          by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday November 26, @07:18AM (#1281695) Journal

          I haven't bought one with Windows on it since 1995 (and that one had Windows installed not as separate operating system, but in the form of WinOS/2). That also was the only computer I've ever bought with a proprietary operating system installed.

          The last computer I've bought without Linux installed was 2007. That one actually had FreeDOS preinstalled (but was marketed as "without operating system").

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      • (Score: 5, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Thursday November 24, @02:16PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @02:16PM (#1281472) Homepage Journal

        Newegg, TigerDirect, and others offer hardware with no OS installed. You should check them out. You can buy components, and build your own, or you can buy bundled deals with everything prebuilt, just waiting for you to insert an installation CD/USB. I've been doing it for years, and my less tech-minded spouse has done the same.

        Meanwhile, there are a number of companies that offer computers with an OS already installed. If you need a list, I'll be happy to do come back, and show you the results of a search . . .

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      • (Score: 2) by ncc74656 on Tuesday November 29, @10:17PM

        by ncc74656 (4917) on Tuesday November 29, @10:17PM (#1282398) Homepage

        https://frame.work/ [frame.work]

        ...and that's just the first one that comes to mind (and happens to be what I'm using right now).

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Snospar on Thursday November 24, @10:56AM (1 child)

    by Snospar (5366) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @10:56AM (#1281438)

    One Ring 0 to rule them all, one Ring 0 to find them, one Ring 0 to bring them all and in the darkness bind them; in the land of Microsoft where shit software lies. (With apologies to J. R. R. Tolkien)

    • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Thursday November 24, @05:50PM

      by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @05:50PM (#1281509)

      Or (given that it's Windows and Linux):

      In the land of Microsoft where the /etc/shadow lies.

  • (Score: 4, Touché) by Revek on Thursday November 24, @04:21PM

    by Revek (5022) on Thursday November 24, @04:21PM (#1281497)

    None here I install Linux to run windows and have been for years.

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