You can soon run Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 on your Windows 10 1903 and 1909 version; WSL 2 update to bring Linux GUI App support and automatic Linux Kernel update
In your next Windows 10 update, you can run any Linux apps in WSL2 in their own dedicated UI thus making you feel you are on a Linux laptop. This is not all, Microsoft will be pushing WSL 2 to Windows 10 1903 and 1909 version laptops, PCs, and servers. This means that all Windows 10 users irrespective of their version will be able to run WSL2 on their laptops, PCs, and servers.
These are some of the announcements Microsoft has made to make Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 a very important subset of Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft had originally announced many features in WSL 2 during the Build developer conference earlier this year.
Microsoft blog says that now WSL 2 will be available for all Windows 10 versions. The WSL 2 was first released through the May 2020 Windows update called Windows 10 version 2004. Now WSL 2 will be available for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 in the coming weeks.
“We’ve heard feedback on how many users have enjoyed using WSL 2 and have made WSL 2 available to more Windows users with this backport. Customers running Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 can now enjoy faster file system performance, 100% system call compatibility, and be able to use Docker Desktop with the WSL2-based engine,” Craig Loewen, Program Manager, Windows Developer Platform, explains.
In the Build conference, Microsoft had also announced native GUI app support for WSL2. Loewen says that this feature will now be released through an update to all Windows 10 users. After the update, you will be able to run Linux apps in WSL2 in their own dedicated UI. This will give users the feel of actually being on a Linux run PC or laptop.
“WSL will support many different types of applications, including IDEs running fully in a Linux environment. We have included lots of fit and finish details, such as showing the icons for Linux apps in the taskbar and support for audio with your microphone,” Loewen notes.
Another feature coming through a Windows 10 update is support for the wsl –install command in WSL2. This feature was also announced at the Build developer conference this year and allows Windows 10 users to fully install WSL2 and Linux distro of their choice using the SUDO command.
Another big change coming to Windows 10 WSL 2 is automatic Linux Kernel update. Once update with the new patches, Windows 10 users will no longer concerned about updating Linux Kernel to keep up with Linux Foundation’s security fixes. This feature which was announced in the Microsoft Build conference will now be live for everybody, so in the future Linux kernel versions will be updated automatically just like the Windows operating system in the first place.
“You can have greater control over your Linux kernel version, as well as your Windows version, enabling you to stay safe and secure as Windows keeps you up to date. The new kernel versions are no longer only for Windows Insiders, now any device that has WSL enabled and has opted into Microsoft Updates will automatically receive the latest kernel version!” Loewen continues.
Loewen says that the above features will be released to Windows 10 users in a phased manner. So keep updating your Windows 10 to get the latest WSL 2 features from Microsoft.