Microsoft is planning to bring Linux on Windows after criticizing it for many years. It seems the company finally understood the importance of open source platforms.
Although Linux was not developed by a big name such as Microsoft, it successfully grabbed the attention of users. Moreover, Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu managed to secure their position in Microsoft Store.
Now, Windows is about to get a very important new feature — Full Linux Kernel. There is an existing feature in Windows named Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) supports Linux applications on the platform.
Get ready for a built-in Linux kernel on Windows 10
WSL will soon come with a built-in Linux kernel. This means that the kernel will be accessible as a virtual machine.
Jack Hammons, Program Manager at Microsoft explained the improvement in a blog post:
Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer, we will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
Apparently, Microsoft implemented the Linux kernel for developers who prefer to develop for the Windows environment. Certain applications are only available on Windows.
However, devs are still interested in developing Linux based apps. The Linux kernel will facilitate the devs’ work (specifically back end developers) allowing them to achieve their goals faster.
Some users didn’t like the technique Microsoft used for the implementation of the Linux kernel.
Really hate how Microsoft implemented this. Would be much better to run the Linux kernel in a VM and then forward GUI events to Windows. This way you are abstracting away that it is GNU/Linux under the covers. It would seem just like a Windows application. Plus this approach would have been a lot more secure.
All in all, Linux developers will finally be able to run their Linux code on Windows systems. They no longer need to install additional Linux servers. It is pretty exciting to see Microsoft embracing Linux.
This can pave the way for some more exciting projects in the future.
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