Microsoft announced today that it has taken the Windows Subsystem for Linux out of beta: The version that ships with the Fall Creators Update will be a fully supported Windows 10 feature.
“This is great news for those who’ve held-back from employing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as a mainline toolset,” Microsoft’s Rich Turner writes. “You’ll now be able to leverage WSL as a day-to-day developer toolset, and become ever more productive when building, testing, deploying, and managing your apps and systems on Windows 10.”
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WSL is designed primarily for developers and IT admins who work in heterogeneous environments with both Windows and Linux. It provides access to Linux command line tools via a growing library of Linux environments, plus the ability share and access files on the host Windows system from Linux, invoke Windows executables from Linux, and invoke Linux executables from Windows.
As for changes, there aren’t any. At least beyond the fact that the WSL will no longer be identified as “Beta” when you install it via Windows Features.
Users can now file bugs on WSL via Microsoft’s various support mechanism, but Feedback Hub-based feedback for those in the Windows Insider program will continue to work as before.
<p>20 years of pro-Unix/Anti-MS propaganda in academia has finally paid off.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#155302"><em>In reply to Daniel_D:</em></a></blockquote><p>I don't think there was ever a time when CS departments embraced MS products, so there's really no change involved.</p><p><br></p><p> I think Linux on Windows offers very little to Windows developers and is an unlikely to coax Linux developers way from a Linux system. </p><p><br></p><p>I think a newer generation of developers don't feel sufficiently "manly" if they don't embrace Linux even if, in fact, they don't really develop for it.</p><p><br></p><p>There's a parallel in the Mac world where developers don't feel sufficiently "cool" if they don't own a mac laptop with the Apple logo even if they run parallels or similar and do most of their work in Windows.</p><p><br></p><p>Bottom line: If you need Windows, run Windows, if Linux, run Linux, if MacOS Mac.</p>