Microsoft has recently announced the May 2020 update for Windows, with version number 2004, for users who want to download it manually from Windows Update, and with this new release the company brings many major improvements, among which we find Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.
WSL is Microsoft's attempt to unite Linux with Windows, allowing users to officially run Linux on Windows 10.
And in this May new release there are great improvements for Linux users, including a real kernel.
Ubuntu ready for WSL 2.
Ubuntu is one of the first distributions to have full support for WSL 2 and today Canonical announced that Anyone who wants to try WSL 2 in the May update can download Ubuntu 20.04 LTS from the official Microsoft store.
"Ubuntu was the first WSL distribution and is the most popular choice for WSL users. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for WSL was released concurrently with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in April. Ubuntu is ready to be installed on WSL 2. Any version of Ubuntu can be updated”Mentions Canonical.
If you've already downloaded the Windows 2020 May 10 Update, you may need to activate WSL 2 manually and this is possible using a PowerShell command in a session with special permissions:
dism.exe / online / enable-feature / featurename: VirtualMachinePlatform / all / norestart
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The truth bothers what I see and read. It seems to me that I will stop using my Ubuntu based distro. I switch to Debian.
When they dare to do the opposite, that we can use Windows from Ubuntu
stop posting shit.
I do not understand the aversion to this the truth, I really appreciate that they continue with WSL forwards (years ago there was SUA but they ended up eliminating it as obsolete) and at least it is another use for Linux.
I program mostly for Windows in Windows at my work and until not long ago the only thing I had to feel a little at home was MSYS2 and similar, that now I can have a Linux virtual machine like that (and that my employer allows me) is great.
I don't think anyone using Linux on their desktop would switch to Windows + WSL just because, even more so when WSL doesn't look like it's made for end users but rather devs. As if by using a vibrator I was going to leave my boyfriend, it doesn't work like that.