Finally: 2017 is officially the year of Linux on the Desktop

It seems 2017 is the year of Linux on the desktop after all, as the Windows Subsystem for Linux exits beta and becomes a fully supported component of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Announcing it in a blog post, Microsoft notes the system is now suitable and supported as a day-to-day developer toolset, to be used for building, testing, deploying, and managing your apps and systems on the Windows 10 OS.

The change does not bring dramatic changes to the software, but now being fully supported, users are able to file issues on WSL and its Windows tooling via Microsoft’s normal support mechanisms.  Feedback is also available via the Windows 10 Feedback Hub app.

The tool is supported for:

  • Run Linux Command-line tools for development and (basic) administration
  • Share and access files on the Windows filesystem from within Linux
  • Invoke Windows processes from Linux, e.g.
    ~$ cd /mnt/c/temp/ && echo “Hello” > hello.txt && notepad.exe hello.txt
  • Invoke Linux processes from Windows command-line, e.g.:
    C:\> bash -c “fortune | cowsay”

It is NOT supported for:

  • Linux distro’s running atop WSL are for interactive user scenarios, NOT for running production workloads on Apache/nginx/MySQL/MongoDB/etc.
  • Linux files are NOT accessible from Windows (we’re working to improve this scenario over time)
  • NO current plans to support X/GUI apps, desktops, servers, etc. at this time

If you are running the Fall Creators Update, openSUSE Leap 42, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 are available from the Windows Store below.

openSUSE Leap 42
openSUSE Leap 42
Developer: SUSE
Price: Free
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Developer: SUSE
Price: Free

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