Windows Subsystem for Linux released

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual boot setup.

Installing WSL through the store will allow you to get the latest WSL updates and features faster, and without needing to modify your Windows version. To learn more please visit https://aka.ms/wsldocs

2 thoughts on “Windows Subsystem for Linux released”

  1. To those as confused by this as me, because they remember that WSL is already out for many years: The first version of WSL was released already six years ago in 2016. Then Microsoft developed a majorly overhauled WSL 2 from which the first previews were released in 2019. Now they dropped the “preview” and made it generally available in the Microsoft Store.

    So, it is WSL 2 1.0.0 that was released now.

    The (to me?) confusing names are explained a bit at https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/the-windows-subsystem-for-linux-in-the-microsoft-store-is-now-generally-available-on-windows-10-and-11/#understanding-wsl-names

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