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

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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

Haskell on Linux on Windows
Haskell on Linux on Windows

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

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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

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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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