Microsoft has been a big supporter of open source lately. But now — to reciprocate the friendly gesture — Canonical has published a tweaked version of Ubuntu on Microsoft’s Windows Store.
Ubuntu is available only for Windows Insider users. The distribution requires build 16215 of Windows operating system. However, the Redmond company is also in plans to bring the open source platform for non-Insider users following the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators update later this year.
The availability of a handful of popular Linux distributions on Windows Store was first announced at the Build 2017 back in May. SUSE was first to launch its Linux distributions for Windows users. And now finally, Canonical has joined the Windows Store Linux party by announcing Ubuntu on the Windows Store.
If you are testing the latest Windows 10 Insider build, you can experience Ubuntu on your system by enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Notably, Ubuntu on Windows Store does not have the latest version albeit comes with long-term support until 2021. The platform also includes basic features such as Bash, Git and APT.