Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which is now available in its full form in the Microsoft Store.
WSL was previously available in preview form, and lets developers use their favorites laptop programming To run a GNU/Linux environment without the expense of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot setup, according to Microsoft.
Windows Developer Platform Program Manager Craig Loewen wrote in blog post (Opens in a new tab) Announcing the news.
WSL for Windows 10
Loewen added that the new version of WSL, which includes “hundreds” of bug fixes and improvements, will also be available at Windows 11 operating system In addition to Windows 10, which means that it will be available to about 87% of all Windows users.
The Microsoft Store version is what users will receive when they run “wsl –install” or “wsl –update” on the command line, and it promises faster and easier updates compared to when it was a Windows component.
If you are already using a version that is not available in the Microsoft Store, you will likely want to upgrade. You can do this by getting the latest version of the backport, which will start automatically being pushed out to users by the end of the year, says Loewen.
You’ll also need to be running Windows 10 21H1, 21H2, 22H2, or Windows 11 21H2 with all November updates applied.
The fact that WSL is available in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users will be good news for many users who have decided not to upgrade to Windows 11.
Last StatCounter (Opens in a new tab) The numbers show that 71% of Windows users prefer Windows 10. Windows 11 currently takes up 15% of the space, up from less than 3% at the start of 2022.