Windows Subsystem for Linux gets new icon, other improvements

November

15

The Windows Subsystem for Linux has become a surprising crown jewel for Microsoft, giving Windows significant cred amongst developers and admin staff that appreciate Linux’s powerful command-line tools.

Microsoft has therefore continued to update the feature regularly, and have today posted a new update to Github and the Microsoft Store, taking it to version 0.50.2.

The headline feature appears to be a new logo, but the full changelog is pretty long, and can be seen below:

  • Added new logo for Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • Enable hardware performance counters if the hardware supports them [GH 4678]
    USERPROFILE%\.wslconfig option has been added to opt-out:

    [wsl2]
    hardwarePerformanceCounters=false
    
  • Fix issue when printing system error messages that contain inserts.
  • Update the user tile to launch in the user’s home directory instead of C:\WINDOWS\System32
  • Restore default signal dispositions for /etc/wsl.conf boot.command process to prevent zombie processes [GH 7575]
  • Switch to using a static CRT for Windows binaries
  • Use store API to download distributions via wsl.exe – install
  • Add --no-launch option to wsl.exe – install
  • Many updates to localized strings.
  • Switch to an updated tar for importing / exporting WSL2 distributions.
  • Update to the official 22000 sdk
  • Strip Linux symbols for release builds
  • Update Linux kernel to 5.10.74.3
    • Update to upstream stable kernel release 5.10.74
    • Enable BPF Type Format (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF) for use by eBPF tools [GH 7437]
    • Changed Dxgkrnl version to 2110
      • Implemented D3DKMTShareObjectWithHost
      • Fixed QueryStatistics VM bus alignment issue for the result
      • Implemented D3DKMTCreateSyncFile
      • Address upstream submission feedback
      • Moved d3dkmthk to include/uapi/misc
      • Replaces u32 by __u32 and u64 by __u64
      • Added “_” in front of the enumerator values to support including both WDK and Linux headers
      • Removed holes in the user mode visible structures to be compatible with 32 bit apps
      • Replaces pointer in the user mode visible structures with a define to be u64 for user mode apps
      • Fix build failure with GCC versions older than 8.1 [GH 7558]
    • Enable the Buffer Sharing and Sync File Frameworks (CONFIG_DMA_SHARED_BUFFER, CONFIG_SYNC_FILE) for Dxgkrnl usage

You can find the WSL in the Microsoft Store or on the release page at GitHub here.

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