WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

WSL to Ship With Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

By David Jones • LinuxInsiderECT News Network

Aug 2, 2017 11:14 AM PT

Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux will emerge as a fully supported part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update when the operating system ships later this year.

The new status means that early adopters in the Windows Insider program no longer will see the subsystem’s status as “beta,” beginning with Insider build 16251, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rich Turner noted in an online post last week.

With the updated status, WSL can be leveraged as a day-to-day developer toolset, he said.

Microsoft will continue to respond to issues and bugs posted on the WSL issues GitHub repo and respond to questions on Twitter as well as contribute to discussions on Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu, Reddit and others, according to Turner.

The key WSL scenarios include the following:

  • To run Linux command-line tools for development and basic administration;
  • to share and access files on the Windows filesystem from within Linux; and
  • to invoke Windows processes from Linux and invoke Windows processes from the Windows command line.

Linux distros running atop WSL are for interactive user scenarios, Turner said, but not for running production workloads on apache/nginx/MySQL/MongoDB/.

Linux files are not accessible from Windows, but the company is working to improve that, he added. There currently are no plans to support X/GUI apps, desktops or servers.

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