Developer Mode no longer required for Windows Subsystem for Linux

As of Windows 10 Insider build >= 16215, you no longer have to enable Developer Mode (Settings -> Update & Security -> For Developers) in order to run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows! Why? This restriction was first put in place to safeguard non-technical users from inadvertently using a feature that was, at the time,…

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Great Bash Intro Video from Build 2017

In case you’ve not seen it yet, Bash/WSL team members Yosef, Paul & Ben, along with Sean Larkin (WebPack) & Ken Wheeler (FormidableLabs) talk about what Bash/WSL is, what it’s for, and why it’s an essential tool to them! Be sure to watch, and comment below and/or hit us up on Twitter if you have…

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Will Linux distros run on Windows 10 S?

Will Linux distros run on Windows 10 S? Many people have asked “You just announced that Linux distro’s are coming to the Windows Store – will they run on Windows 10 S?” The answer is No! Just because an “app” comes from the Windows Store does NOT automatically mean that it’s safe & suitable for…

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New distros coming to Bash/WSL via Windows Store

We’re REALLY excited about this announcement and think many of you will be too ūüėČ On May 11th 2017, during Microsoft’s Build conference keynote, Terry Myerson (EVP for Windows & Devices Group) made several announcements about the Windows Subsystem for Linux: We continue our partnership with our friends at Canonical to bring Ubuntu to the…

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Windows 10 Creators Update: What’s new in Bash/WSL & Windows Console

When Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) was shipped, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was still far from complete, and was known to have many incompatibilities, especially with popular developer tools like node.js, Java, etc. However, it was important to get this exciting new feature into the hands of real users so that we could…

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Haskell on Bash/WSL

I’ve recently received a couple of questions asking when Haskell support would be added to WSL, and was surprised since I thought Bash/WSL users were aware of the fact that Haskell¬†has been working for the last few weeks, ever since #14986 in fact, but it appears that we’d not explicitly communicated the fact, so ……

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Use Visual C++ for Linux to build and debug C++ code on the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Visual Studio 2017 Install Options
Visual Studio 2017 Install Options

I first learned about Visual¬†C++ for Linux, which was released in March 2016, shortly before the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was first announced. I was immediately blown away by how VERY cool this feature of Visual Studio is! What’s insanely cool about this feature is that when the project is built, VS opens an…

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Bash in Windows Insider build 15002 – many fixes but a couple of bugs!

[Update¬†2017-02-07] Note that both of the two issues noted below¬†have been¬†fixed in more recent Insider builds Windows Insider build #15002 started shipping to Windows Insider Fast Ring users today, January 9th 2017. As is often the case in software development, after many teams have been beavering-away on their features for several months, things really start…

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Rumors of Cmd’s death have been greatly exaggerated

This post is in response to a story published on December 6th 2016 by ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt” and its follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“. These “stories” were subsequently picked up by Business Insider and Life Hacker among others and fueled a number of concerned Tweets some…

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