Insight: Full Linux Kernel Is Available In Windows 10 Via WSL 2
Microsoft love for Linux is getting stronger as full Linux kernel is available in Windows 10 via WSL 2. Microsoft has announced the availability of WSL 2.
Run the following command in powershell to install WSL 2 in Windows:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform
Full Linux Kernel Is Available In Windows 10
WSL 2 is a new version of the architecture in WSL that changes how Linux distros interact with Windows. WSL 2 has the primary goals of increasing file system performance and adding full system call compatibility. Each Linux distro can run as a WSL 1, or a WSL 2 distro and can be switched between at any time. WSL 2 is a major overhaul of the underlying architecture and uses virtualization technology and a Linux kernel to enable its new features.
One of the important and the biggest update in WSL 2 is a real (full) Linux kernel that ships with Windows 10.
Install your Linux Distribution of Choice
To download and install your preferred distro(s), you have three choices:
- Download and install from the Windows Store
- Download and install from the Command-Line/Script
- Download and manually unpack and install
List of available Linux distros are:
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
- OpenSUSE Leap 15
- OpenSUSE Leap 42
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
- Kali Linux
- Debian GNU/Linux
- Fedora Remix for WSL
- WLinux Enterprise
- Alpine WSL