Windows 10 gets Linux files integration in File Explorer
Microsoft’s love affair with Linux is well known. Especially after Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella has confessed his support for Linux Foundation. Microsoft had revealed its plans to integrate Linux kernel in Windows 10 earlier. In keeping with its philosophy, Microsoft is fully integrating Linux file access into the Windows 10 built-in File Explorer.
Once the integration is done, Windows 10 users can see the new Linux icon in the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer, providing access to the root file system for any distros that are installed in Windows 10. Ironically, after years of rivalry, Windows 10 will have the famous penguin mascot, Tux in its system.
If you are a Windows 10 user and are interested in running Linux kernels on your PC/laptop, you can join the testers program and download the build here.
Earlier, Windows 10 users had to manually navigate to a UNC path to get access to Linux files from the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to access the Linux files. Now with this integration, Linux files will be available to Windows 10 users at their fingertips. This is in keeping with Satya Nadella’s promise of fully integrating Windows 10 with Linux in the future. Readers will note that Microsoft has also added Bash shell integration, native OpenSSH in Windows 10. Distros like Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora are available in the Windows Store. Microsoft also launched a new Windows Terminal command-line tool for Linux users.
While the current testing is taking place to hammer out any bugs, full WSL update for all Windows 10 users will available by December 2020