THE Microsoft announced that the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) got a new stable release from the Microsoft Store. Now available for Windows 10 and 11 customers, the update brings some changes to the solution. in addition Microsoft stated that it would stop providing WSL as an optional component of the operating system.
Although both versions (optional component and the one available from Microsoft Store) provide the same user experience, with the second option being the default, users will get faster updates and maintenance (as they become available) instead of waiting for an update from the operating system the Windows??
In addition, following customer requests, all users of the Windows 10 can now use Linux GUI apps after upgrading to latest Microsoft store. “Today, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in the Microsoft Store is dropping its ‘preview’ label and becoming available to all Windows 10 and 11 users”said Craig Loewen, Windows Developer Platform Program Manager.
Finally, another note in the recompilation details guides the use of an override in generator.early to prevent the /tmp/.X11-unix socket from being deleted on boot. “Don’t create a pty for systemd to fix the problem where systemd would time out on startup”says the patch note.
THE Microsoft launched the WSL in 2018 as a service allowing users of the the Windows run binaries from linux on their computers in native mode, using PowerShell or a command prompt from Windows 10?? A year later, in 2019, the company launched the WSL 2a notable update that significantly increased filesystem performance by adding support for full system call compatibility and using a Linux kernel running in a virtual machine.
What is Windows Subsystem for Linux?
The subsystem of the Windows for linux allows developers to run a GNU/Linux environment, including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications, directly on the Windowswithout modifications and without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot installation.
The solution brings greater versatility to IT professionals, for example. If you need to do a quick test or run a command line, system utilities and applications, you don’t need to start a virtual machine with linux – just run WSL. Furthermore, the subsystem can be used even in the Windows Server 2022not limited to Windows 10 and 11.
already the WSL 2 is a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux architecture that allows the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run Linux ELF64 binaries on the Windows?? Its main goals are to increase file system performance and add full system call compatibility.
This new architecture changes the way these Linux binaries interact with Windows and computer hardware, but still provides the same user experience as in WSL 1 (the current widely available version).
Individual Linux distributions can run WSL 1 or WSL 2 architecture. Each distribution can be upgraded or downgraded at any time, and you can run WSL 1 and WSL 2 distributions side by side. WSL 2 uses an entirely new architecture that benefits from the use of a true Linux kernel.
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