Windows Subsystem for Linux and BASH Shell (2018 Update)

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Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here again, PFE in the Central Region, with an update to a blog post that I did on the Windows Subsystem for Linux and Bash On Ubuntu, found here,(link: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/05/02/installing-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows-10-insider-preview/).

It’s been awhile since I posted on this topic and I wanted to update everyone with the exciting new options with the Windows Subsystem for Linux and different Linux distributions that are now available in the Windows store for download.

First, a little history. Back before the Windows 10 Anniversary update, we introduced the Windows Subsystem for Linux in the Windows Insider Preview. It was a new feature that allowed users to install a full Linux bash shell in windows. Introducing this feature made the reality of an all in one administration/developer workstation a reality. The need to run a Linux VM to access the Linux tools or other work arounds that have been used throughout the years to port Linux tools to Windows were no longer needed.

The install before did not have the option of multiple Linux distributions as well as choosing those distributions from the Windows Store

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, docs.microsoft.com has a great article on how to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10, as well as the exciting news of the ability to install the WSL on Windows Server starting with version 1709.

Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation

From <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/about>

Windows 10 Installation Guide

From <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-win10>

Windows Server Installation Guide

From <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-on-server>

I encourage everyone to check out this new feature, especially if you manage Linux and Windows Server or do cross-platform development!!