Windows 10 Insiders can now get SUSE Linux distributions from the Store

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Great news for those Windows 10 users that like to dabble in Linux distributions: Microsoft unveiled it would be bringing the open source platform to its Windows Store. Those that are all about open source should know that soon enough they’ll be able to use Linux distributions for Ubuntu, SUSE and Fedora straight from Microsoft’s Store.

Unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t add in a release date for this unexpected gift but given the fact that it was announced at all, speculators predict that it won’t be that long until users will finally be able to use the aforementioned distributions.

Windows Insider privileges

It’s very important to note that while the general release lacks an actual date as of now, those that are in the Windows Insider program can actually start playing around with Linux distributions on their Windows 10 PC right now. Not all the promised Linux assets are available, but there are some that can be already accessed from the Store by Insiders.

Insiders will be able to pick up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42.2. Moreover, just being a Windows 10 Insider isn’t really enough. Users also need to have at least build 16190.0 of Windows 10.

Pick one SUSE Linux distribution

It would seem that Microsoft is rewarding those helping it test out the Insider builds for Window by offering the choice of a nice and stable Windows experience without any access to the Linux distributions or the do a complete 180 and have access to the Linux assets but on a far less stable platform.

To quote the official descriptions for the two available Linux versions, “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 is a modular, general-purpose operating system and runs on all major processor architectures” whereas the alternative “is aimed towards users and developers working on the desktop or server”. That being said, users have the option of choosing what’s best for them and what would best fit their needs.

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