Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows allows users to make use of the Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including ssh, bash, git, apt and more.
Ubuntu landed in the Microsoft Store as a UWP application in 2017 and this meant that users were able to run the full Ubuntu terminal on Windows 10. Users also had access to various tools including git and bash. Now, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Long Term Support) is also available in the Store but Windows 10 S doesn’t support it.
Ubuntu 18.04 enters the Microsoft Store
Tara Raj officially announced the news on Microsoft’s blog.
We’re happy to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 is now available in the Microsoft store. You might be asking why there are a couple different Ubuntu apps and what we plan to do with those. The Ubuntu apps you see in the Store are published by Canonical.
We partner with them to release the apps and test them on WSL. As per Canonical’s LTS schedule, both Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 are supported for three years. Keeping this overlap in support in mind, “Ubuntu” is still 16.04 and “Ubuntu 18.04” is as named. We will be Updating the Store descriptions and such shortly.
Users are now able to run WSL and Ubuntu 18.04 on ARM devices. Tara Raj also says that when you get Ubuntu 18.04 from the Microsoft Store, the company is able to detect whether the users own ARM devices and this will automatically get them the ARM version of the app.
Launching Ubuntu 18.04
To launch it, you just have to use “ubuntu1804” on the command-line prompt (cmd.exe), or you can click on the Ubuntu tile in the Start Menu.
In order to be able to use this feature, users have to use “Turn Windows features on or off” and then select “Windows Subsystem for Linux.” Click on OK, reboot, and then use this app.
Get Ubuntu 18.04 from the Microsoft Store.
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