Debian Lands on Windows 10

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows 10 with 17 Comments

Microsoft is adding another major Linux distro to its growing collection of Linux environments in Windows 10. The company announced its plans to bring Linux environments to Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store last year, and a couple of them are already available for download. Just earlier today, for example, another Linux distro joined the Microsoft Store.

Debian is the latest addition to Microsoft’s collection of Linux environments in Windows 10 available through the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Debian joins other popular environments like Ubuntu and openSUSE on the Microsoft Store. Just like these other environments, you can install them directly from the Microsoft Store with a single click and get started. More importantly, you can run multiple distros at the same time, side-by-side, which is pretty darn cool.

Debian is available from the Microsoft Store here.

Thanks, Aaron for the tip.

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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Debian Lands on Windows 10”

  1. nerocui

    OMG, Kali and then Debian. I can feel that this year's Build is gonna be awesome. Maybe one day macOS will also be a subsystem of windows 10.

  2. hrlngrv

    I suppose I could test whether the binutils or coreutils files from different distributions differ, but I'm too lazy. Without X (GUI) or a Linux kernel, are there significant differences between WSL distributions?

  3. mrdrwest

    I also recommend this UWP SSH client:

  4. DaveHelps

    Am I alone in wanting Raspbian / Pixel?

  5. Waethorn

    Everybody using Windows 10 should use Debian and learn to build their own OS from packages. It's not as difficult as learning DOS and it's a good computer science project. You can learn how Linux/Unix works and how the filesystem operates in an "everything-as-a-file" methodology. Plus, you can install your own desktop environment and even customize it with themes in a way that Microsoft doesn't allow you to. If you're looking into a new desktop system, buy a cheap Celeron NUC or similar machine, install Debian on it, and make it your own Joe Blow operating system with the skills you learned while doing it in the WSL sandbox. Debian has lots of packages available in their repos. There's a ton of free software like Gimp and several different office productivity suites (LibreOffice 6 is really good), or use the free version G Suite in Chromium or Chrome (depending on where you download the browser from - the repo or directly from Google). You'd be surprised how productive you can be with a cheap hobby computer project.

  6. mortarm

    I'm thrilled to see all these distros coming to Windows 10. Although I don't use it on a day-to-day basis, I've been messing with Linux since the first Slackware release back in the early/mid '90s. My favorite distro to date is Mint, so I hope that makes it over at some point.

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