Now Ubuntu is Available on the Windows 10 Insider Preview

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 14 Comments

Now Ubuntu is Available on the Windows 10 Insider Preview

Hot on the heels of two SUSE-based Linux environments, Ubuntu is now available to those using newer builds of the Windows 10 Insider Preview as well.

As you may recall, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a relatively new subsystem for Windows 10 that allows developers and other power users to run native Linux utilities on top of 64-bit versions of Microsoft’s desktop OS. The software giant first announced WSL at Build 2016, and the technology was released in beta form as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in mid-2016, and then in shipping form in the Creators Update in March 2017. During this time, only Ubuntu Linux has been supported in WSL, but Microsoft noted it was open to adding other distributions.

At Build 2017 last month, Microsoft revealed that more Linux environments, from SUSE and RedHat, would be made available this year in the Fall Creators Update and that, going forward, these environments would be distributed through the Windows Store.

A few weeks ago, two Linux distributions, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42, became available in the Windows Store for those running Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16190 or newer. And as of today, Ubuntu is available too. The version is billed as, or the 20170619.1 build of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Once the Fall Creators Update arrives, this is how WSL distributions will be distributed to users. We’re still waiting to see when a test version of Fedora hits the Store, and whether any other versions of Linux will appear in the future as well.

Thanks to Rafael Rivera for the tip.


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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Now Ubuntu is Available on the Windows 10 Insider Preview”

  1. RamblingGeek

    I'm confused Ubuntu has always been available or do you mean it's now it the store... It always have been? What am I missing.

  2. Narg

    Just gotta wonder how Corporate Computing would look if MS had done this 15+ years ago...

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Narg:

      30 years ago a few places were using Mortice Kern's Korn Shell. 20 years ago NT4 had a POSIX subsystem which, in theory, would have provided this functionality. Don't recall when cygwin became a thing, or U/Win for that matter.

  3. Waethorn

    Is it just me, or does it seem odd that you're in a pre-release program to install an LTS version of Ubuntu? Wouldn't it make more sense to be on the latest version of Ubuntu if you're a developer?

  4. SvenJ

    This is so far removed from Balmer's "There's no such thing as a free puppy", Linux rants. This is not your father's MS.

  5. skane2600

    Narg from the Premium side said: "just gotta wonder how Corporate Computing would look if MS had done this 15+ years ago..."

    It would be amazing since Ubuntu didn't exist 15+ years ago.

    But more seriously, Unix has been around longer than Windows. If it were going to dominate corporate computing it would have happened long before Linux came along.

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