At the BUILD 2017 event, Microsoft announced three Linux distributions will be brought to the Windows Store, Ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora. After SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and OpenSUSE Leap 42 comes to Windows Store first, now Ubuntu turn to present to Windows Store.
Ubuntu in Windows Store makes it possible to use Ubuntu and run Ubuntu command line utilities like bash, ssh, git, apt, and so on. Please note that Ubuntu in Windows Store is for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to be released in a few months.
So you can not try it directly right now. Once Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released, installing Ubuntu on Windows is as easy as installing an app from the Store. You just have to enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux option via Turn Windows features on or off, then install Ubuntu from Windows Store.
But do not worry, Ubuntu that you install from this Store is not full Ubuntu with all its Desktop Environment, but only Ubuntu developer tool along with all command line utilities inside.
Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more. To use this feature, one first needs to use “Turn Windows features on or off” and select “Windows Subsystem for Linux“, click OK, reboot, and use this app. The above step can also be performed using Administrator PowerShell prompt: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux After above is done simply use “ubuntu” command in cmd.exe or launch Ubuntu from the start menu.
- Version number: 188.8.131.52
- 20170619.1 build of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS