Microsoft is finally bringing full Linux to Windows 10

Windows Is Giving the Command Line a Makeover

It turns out that that ain't the half of it. Speaking about the new addition, Microsoft program manager Jack Hammons said the Linux kernel will underpin the latest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). According to Loewen, the company will continue contributing to the Linux kernel.

While Apple and Google have taken jabs at the operating system market thanks to their iOS and Android mobile operating systems, Microsoft has been able to maintain their dominance. We're told the kernel uses tech built specifically for Azure and should help to reduce Linux boot time while also streamlining memory use.

Microsoft says that the WSL2 implementation is based on a "Linux 4.19" kernel. Some APIs aren't implemented at all, and others are only partially implemented to meet the needs of specific applications.

The main limitation of Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10 to date has been the slow I/O performance.

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The Linux kernel is GPLed open source; the GPL license requires that any modifications made to the code must be published and made available under the GPL license.

Not anymore. At Build 2019, Microsoft's premier developer conference, the Redmond-giant announced a new app called Windows Terminal that promises a redesigned command line experience including GPU-acceleration for text rendering, tear-away tabs, and full Unicode support including East Asian fonts, emojis and ligatures, and theme and extension support. The new update to WSL will also support running Linux Docker containers natively too, which is huge news. Microsoft said a preview of the Windows Terminal app is now available, while the first WSL 2 preview will be available later this year.

This also provides a big bump to performance. Or perhaps the timing.

WSL has already been warmly embraced by developers, as it gives a solid Linux-like development environment. WSL 2 will launch as a preview later this year. Rather than use good ol' cmd.exe for DOS-style commands, PowerShell for its scripting language, and a third terminal app for WSL, Windows Terminal will allow users to mix-and-match all three technologies in a single app with a tabbed interface.

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