What to Know before Using Windows 10’s New Linux System


Curious about what the new Linux subsystem in Windows 10 can and can’t do? Here’s what we’ve learned about its first release. What sounded like an April Fools’ joke turned out to be anything but: Core Linux tools, including the shell, are now available to run natively inside Windows 10 thanks to an official Microsoft project that translates Linux system calls.

If you using the Linux command line at all, odds are you consider yourself a pro. Consequently, the Linux subsystem in Windows is hidden behind a “for pros only” side entrance that you can only get into if you’re running Windows 10 from the Fast Ring developer builds numbered 14316 or greater, via the Windows Insider program. 

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