Tool released to run more Linux distros on Windows

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These days Microsoft is busy open sourcing software’s and tools. It has now unveiled a tool to assist the Linux distribution managers.

The tool will help in bringing their preferred Linux distros to operate on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It is actually a compatibility layer for the functioning of Linux Binary executables on Windows 10.

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In addition, the tool will also provide a compatible kernel interface proposed by Microsoft which can then operate a GNU on top of it, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Kali Linux, Ubuntu and open SUSE.

This windows subsystem for Linux cannot run all kinds of Linux software. There are a number of Linux distros available, most of which are created for some particular niches and purpose only.

For instance, this kind of subsystem cannot run 32-bit binaries, or those, in demand of unimplemented kernel services.

The tool doesn’t support GUI as it is specifically designed to provide alternative command-line interfaces to Windows ones. Also, developers can’t share the Linux distributions on the store. They can initially use the tool to create its packages that can be added onto a machine operating windows 10 in developer mode.

The WSL is only accessible on x64 editions of Windows10 and can be run on the advanced version of Windows 10 or later. Earlier, Microsoft decided to open source a project that is entitled to ‘WSL DistroLauncher Sample’ it includes a reference execution of how LINUX OS projects could implement their Linux distro to work inside the WSL component.   Read more…

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