The good news is finally here. Yes, Ubuntu is available on the Windows Store now. Windows Insiders can now download and install Ubuntu onto Windows 10, adding some command-line fun. This brings Linux and Windows together in an unholy union few ever imagined they’d live long enough to see.
Microsoft cited several reasons why it’s moved Ubuntu into the Windows Store. By employing the Store’s download system; it can offer a “faster and more reliable” installation experience. Perhaps more significantly, the new method also enables multiple Linux versions (“distros”) to be installed side-by-side. Only Ubuntu is currently available but the popular SUSE and Fedora distros are both “nearing completion.” They’ll be accessible later this month.
When SUSE and Fedora arrive, Windows 10 will be capable of hosting three separate Linux environments on top of its own operating system structure. Microsoft’s intention is to make Windows an easier environment for developers to use.
This day has been coming for some time. Microsoft first announced it was adding Windows 10 support for the Bash shell at Build 2016. Then in May 2017 Microsoft announced it was bringing Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE to the Windows 10 Store. And Ubuntu is first to come to the scene.
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Many programmers rely on workflow tools that are only accessible on Linux machines, preventing them from switching to Windows. The Linux subsystem now removes this problem, allowing Linux programs to run natively on Windows and access files on your hard drives.
How to Run and Install Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10
Ubuntu has now been added to the Windows Store, with the description: “Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more.” Ubuntu runs in a sandbox alongside Windows 10, sharing access to files.
Back in May 2017, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson explained,
“We’ve simplified the install of Ubuntu by bringing it to the Windows Store. We also announced we are working with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux— to bring them to the Windows Store. Now, Windows is the only platform that can run both Windows apps and Linux apps side-by-side.”
To download and install Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10 you need to do the following:
- Open the Control Panel in Windows 10 and click “Programs”
- Find and select “Turn Windows features on or off”
- Select “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and click “OK”
- Reboot your PC to start using Ubuntu on Windows 10
The download size of this app for Windows is approx. 192.34 MB.
It should be noted that this is currently only available to people using the latest Windows Insider build of Windows 10. However, in time anyone using Windows 10 after the Fall Creators Update has dropped will gain access to Ubuntu. And we’ll be sure to let you know when that happens, stay tuned with TechLinu 🙂