Tool re­leased to run more Linux dis­tros on Win­dows

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Mi­crosoft has un­veiled a tool to as­sist Linux dis­tri­bu­tion man­agers.

The tool will help in bring­ing users’ pre­ferred Linux dis­tros to op­er­ate on Win­dows Sub­sys­tem for Linux (WSL). It is ac­tu­ally a com­pat­i­bil­ity layer for the func­tion­ing of Linux Bi­nary ex­e­cuta­bles on Win­dows 10.

In ad­di­tion, the tool will also pro­vide a com­pat­i­ble ker­nel in­ter­face pro­posed by Mi­crosoft, which can then op­er­ate a GNU on top of it, in­clud­ing SUSE Linux En­ter­prise Server, Kali Linux, Ubuntu and open SUSE.

This Win­dows sub-sys­tem for Linux can­not run all kinds of Linux soft­ware. There are a num­ber of Linux dis­tros avail­able, most of which are cre­ated for some par­tic­u­lar niche pur­pose only. For in­stance, this kind of sub-sys­tem can­not run 32-bit bi­na­ries, or those needed for unim­ple­mented ker­nel ser­vices.

The tool doesn’t sup­port a GUI as it is specif­i­cally de­signed to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive com­mand line in­ter­faces to Win­dows tools. Also, de­vel­op­ers can’t share the Linux dis­tri­bu­tions on the Mi­crosoft store. They can ini­tially use the tool to cre­ate its pack­ages that can be added onto a ma­chine op­er­at­ing Win­dows 10 in de­vel­oper mode.

The WSL is only ac­ces­si­ble on x64 edi­tions of Win­dows10, and can be run on the ad­vanced ver­sion of Win­dows 10 or later. Ear­lier, Mi­crosoft de­cided to open source a project called ‘WSL DistroLauncher Sam­ple’ that in­cludes a ref­er­ence ex­e­cu­tion of how Linux OS projects could im­ple­ment their Linux dis­tro to work in­side the WSL com­po­nent.

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