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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: 2) by inertnet on Thursday November 24, @11:45AM (3 children)

    by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @11:45AM (#1281448) Journal

    When I read about that route I didn't follow through, because I wasn't sure if I would eventually run into "VM in a VM" type of problems, when running Docker inside a Linux VM. I have never tried that before, I remember reading somewhere that Windows 11 is required for that and I'm trying to avoid W11 for as long as possible.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by turgid on Thursday November 24, @11:58AM (1 child)

    by turgid (4318) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 24, @11:58AM (#1281449) Journal

    Docker isn't really a VM, though, is it?

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24, @02:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 24, @02:57PM (#1281485)

    You are on the true road to enlightenment when you realize that it is VMs all the way down.