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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

That's quite a NEWS - Windows has announced soon we can run Ubuntu Bash and apps on Windows 10 Anniversary Redstone Build 14316 update due in July 2016. 

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

This will surely excite Windows users.

If it works smoothly it simply means:

  1. Ubuntu apps can be used in Windows 10
  2. We can run Linux bash scripts, useful commands such as grep, awk, sed, regex and symbolic links on Widows 10 file system.
  3. We can run Linux ready tools like Git, Ruby, Python, Virtualization scripts smoothly in Windows 10.
  4. Linux based virtualized environment on Windows 10 will be much smoother.
  5. Possible usage of Linux based editors such VI and VIM on Windows 10
  6. and of-course lot many things.

Still Windows has not release this update but has given the steps:

Enable Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10

1. Enable Developer Mode: Go to Settings > Update & Security

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

2. Click on Developer Mode

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

 

3. Check the Radio Button for "Developer Mode"

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

4. Search for "Windows Features" in search bar of "Find a Setting" placed at right-hand side top corner.

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

 

5. Check the option "Turn Windows features on or off" and enable "Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)".

 

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Ubuntu bash on Windows 10

Please note - so far my laptop OS is not updated with Windows 10 Anniversary Redstone Build update 14316 hence the option for "Windows Subsystem for Linux" is not present in the list above, otherwise it should be displayed right there.

Using this bash:

  1. Open Windows Command line (CMD).
  2. Type "bash" - and start using it - it simple.

This will always be regarded as a big leap from Microsoft to have a support for Linux based features - is it inclining towards an open-source version of Windows in near future ?

What this doesn't mean ?

  1. This feature is intended only for technical users and developers.
  2. Though this feature Windows 10 application cannot interact with Ubuntu applications.
  3. As this is in beta phase - it cannot be used as a full-fledged Linux command prompt.
  4. This feature cannot be utilized as an alternative for full-fledged server or deployment environment for hosting the apps. 
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