This guide primarily focuses on the steps to install and configure the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on a Windows 10 machine. It does not cover how to use the WSL, which is covered in other guides or articles.
In addition, we outline some of the software that can make using WSL easier.
The reasons for using WSL include:
– improved security thanks to using Linux as a guest OS instead of Windows
– running software as if it were natively installed
– improved performance due to better multithreading in Linux
– access to more software and possibilities on Linux than natively installed inside of Windows
What is the Windows Subsystem for Linux?
Microsoft offers a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which is the default option to run Linux distributions in Windows 10. WSL is a Linux kernel running in a user space and provides access to the native file systems and libraries of your distribution.
Microsoft has already done some great strides to make their users welcome and comfortable with the new WSL platform. They have released an updated version of Ubuntu, an older version of CentOS, an updated version of Debian, Kali, elementary OS, Fedora, Arch and Gentoo distributions with WSL support.
WSL is still under development but if you are looking for a stable environment to get started on your Linux journey then WSL is the ideal choice for you.
How to Install and Configure the Windows Subsystem for Linux
Windows Subsystem for Linux makes it easy to install and configure the Linux distribution on your Windows computer. This article will take you through the process of installing and configuring this tool.
To get started, you need to download the Windows 10 ISO image file.
You also need a USB drive that has at least 4GB of usable space.
Once downloaded, extract the contents of the ISO file to your USB drive using a program such as 7-Zip or WinRar.
Then plug in your USB drive into your computer and run Microsoft’s installation application from within Windows 10 itself.
Keep in mind that this installation procedure may take a few minutes depending on how fast your PC is.
What are Some of the Best Features That You Can Get From This Version of a Windows Subsystem?
A Windows subsystem is a set of tools that provides a layer of abstraction for the application’s code, the user interface, and other components. The features we will go over in this article are some of the best features that you can get from this version of a Windows subsystem.
The benefits of using a windows subsystem are:
– Increased security by having all your code running in one isolated, trusted environment.
– Increased performance by having less processes running when there is only one app at work.
– Improved workflow because your entire app is encapsulated into your windowed environment.
How to Use Multiple Versions in One System?
When a software is released, it is not uncommon for the company to have multiple versions of the software in their systems that allow users to choose which version to use on their system.
One of the biggest drawbacks of using multiple versions of a software at the same time is that it creates a lack of clarity for users as they may not know what version they are using and what features are available.
In addition, when a user changes from one version to another, there is also potential lost data. For example, if a user used version 3 and then changes over to 4 after releasing version 3, then there will be data loss between these two versions.