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Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store

By David Matthews ยท 20 replies
Jul 10, 2017
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  1. At Microsoft's Build 2016 conference, the company shocked the tech world when it announced support for Bash shell and the entire Linux command line system on Windows 10. This year the surprise continued by extending its Linux love to SUSE and Fedora distributions as well.

    With the first announcement, Microsoft tapped Ubuntu maker Canonical to help ensure smooth Bash performance on Windows as it is on the various Linux distributions. Well, today Canonical is officially releasing Ubuntu in the Windows Store for download right now. Microsoft's Rich Turner also released an official announcement that lays out the benefits of this Windows Store version of Ubuntu as well as some helpful FAQs.

    Ubuntu (and SUSE and Fedora eventually) run in a sandboxed environment alongside Windows 10. This implementation also allows it to share hardware and files with Windows 10. This integrated approach allows developers to run Linux command line utilities without having to create a separate partition for dual-booting or creating a virtual machine. The Windows Store integration not only allows for simultaneous Linux distro installations, but also allows to run more than one at a time.

    If you're interested in installing Ubuntu and testing it out yourself, navigate to Control Panel and select "Turn Windows features on or off". From there, select the "Windows Subsystem for Linux," which will allow Ubuntu to work. Restart your computer and welcome to this weird world where Microsoft and Linux work harmoniously.

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    "Guess that means no more Windows vs Linux arguments"

    Um, that's not even close to what I got from the article.
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +632

    Linux is it's own worst enemy.
    7000 distros.
    Snobs in the forums (well maybe not 1 or 2)
    Ridiculous file copy protocol
    and it will work with this hardware but not that hardware
    Can't game like most want
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    I cant imagine why anyone who wants to use ubuntu wouldnt want a normal installation for their own convenience and peace of mind .
  5. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +163

    Is linux still overly complicated? the day I can just double click on what I downloaded and install it will be the day I use linux.....heh. windows and mac have spoiled me
    Raoul Duke and CrazyDave like this.
  6. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 330   +223

    I just want to run a Linux host with a Windows VM and pass-through GPU for gaming.
    TheBigT42 and wontolla like this.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,437   +862

    3rd paragraph.
    This version doesn't sound like it's for your typical Linux user.

    Isn't gaming in a VM bad enough on its own?
  8. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 257   +153

    A .deb file can be extracted and installed in a mouse click by a pachage manager called Gdebi. Chrome for instance is distributed that way, as a .deb. On top of that you have thousands of free programs that you can browse in the software center of the distro and install or uninstall them in a single mouse click. The Software center I prefer for the KDE desktop is called Discover. It also deals with the updates of the system, like most other software center.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017
  9. Wizwill

    Wizwill TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +45

    I'm guessing, since I have not seen mention of one in either story or any of the comments, that there is no GUI with this bistro?
  10. David Matthews

    David Matthews TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 250   +50

    Correct. Per the description in the Windows Store link:

    "Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more"
    jobeard likes this.
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

    I mean, if anyone really wants to run linux from windows, it probably won't be for the UI.

    For the most part the community is ok it really depends on what distro you are running, everything else is right on spot, oh my I still remember trying to configure wireless... what a freaking pain.
    Trillionsin likes this.
  12. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +626

    Can I run Linux programs with this "version" of Linux though? Could I, for example, open R in Ubuntu, run a program, and see the graph output? Could I run ROS, and see the system diagram of all the different running modules?

    Just how limited is this environment?
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,757   +1,149

  14. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 742   +273

    #1) I see that as good and bad. Most of the good stuff gets used in most distros so I can't say this is a negative in itself. It's actually quite amazing in one sense.
    #2) Snobs are everywhere. I hang out in a couple of Linux chat channels and forums. Some people are very helpful. Trolls are everywhere, on Windows chat channels as well.
    #3) I don't have a clue what you mean by statement #3. Maybe you could educate me on that one. I'm not a Linux n00b but I'm not a veteran either. So, somewhere in between.
    #4) I installed Linux Mint 18.1/18.2 awhile back and I have had zero problems on my system. It's fairly new so maybe that's part of it. But even Microsoft demands new hardware at some point in the game.
    #5) No argument on point #5. Games on Windows have always been the strongest point about using Windows over Linux. Although, when Valve got Steam working on Linux that was one step closer to tightening the gaps.

    Linux Mint 18.1/18.2 is one of the finer Linux distros in my opinion. It just works. The install was easy, it recognizes multiple file systems including NTFS. I'm using it right now and there isn't much I can't do other than play GTA V or some other AAA title.

    I needed to create a spreadsheet most recently so I gave LibreOffice a try (Calc specifically) and everything I tried to do was possible. And it's completely free. So I'm not going to pay $99 a year to use Office unless absolutely necessary.

    I am honestly amazed at what can be done in Linux Mint. And I'm sure it carries overs to most other top distributions like Ubuntu. In fact, I think Mint is a fork of Ubuntu so, there you go. I am thankful for these alternatives and I would say Linux has gotten better and better over the years and I hope it keeps going that way.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017
    EClyde likes this.
  15. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +632

    I used on old monitor and Pi to make a picture frame. I use OSMC to display my 10,000+ photos. It took an entire day to copy the pictures to the SD card so they would display. I asked for help in several forums and found 1 guy that took the time. I want to add more pictures to the card but think I can just copy them to the card? Nope. I gotta deal with permissions. The whole process is a PITA. I forget to mention the irrevocably stupid naming system for most of linux esp files.

    I have used many variants of linux for over 20 years and the OS is crap but provides an occasional diversion when I mistakenly think it has matured for the avg user. My fav was Zorin
  16. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 330   +223

    Hardware passthrough (VTd, iirc?) exposes the hardware to the VM as though it were native to it.
  17. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    To me it was easier than windows, nothing that complicated in either. Maybe 10 or so years ago it was hard but now it's basically just clicking yes and next buttons when prompted.
  18. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Why would you want ubuntu that hides it self and is linked with windows? Just use the real thing.
  19. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 742   +273

    I guess personal experience determines ones perceptions in life. Linux Mint 18.1/18.2 has been a very pleasant experience for me. Hardly any issues at all. Except for right now, ironically, the FireFox web browser is pausing every few moments as I type this message.

    But to re-iterate what I said earlier, my system components are all fairly new. SkyLake G4500 CPU with ASRock mobo just to give you an idea. I plug my Samsung S3 cellphone in and Linux Mint recognizes it instantly and I copy files to and fro effortlessly.

    If your a n00b reading this who wants to check out Linux I highly recommend trying Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Only because I have had good luck with them. Your mileage may vary depending on your hardware.

    If Linux were ever to get the equivalent of a DirectX API Microsoft would be in trouble. It's not in the immediate future but It would be cool to see happen. I like competition.
    EClyde likes this.
  20. XemiCon

    XemiCon TS Rookie

    Have to agree with you on this. If all these developers behind distros merged into just 10-15 distros, we'd have 700x the amount of developers putting in an effort to perfect specific distros. Quality over quantity is what Linux needs. Also I'd love to see much better hardware support so that Linux can appeal more to gamers and casual users. Linux needs to change if it wants to catch on in mainstream computing.
    EClyde likes this.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,846

    Well, let's see. M$ now has full access to the source code of several distros of Linux.

    Linux has been reduced to a toy inside of Windows 10.

    Why would the average home user, go through the hassle of control panel then reboot, to play with an unfamiliar OS?

    After all, isn't Windows for all intents and purposes simplifying the process of running Linux?

    How does this benefit Linux by itself? I say it doesn't, and Nadella is just pandering and prostituting the OS to make himself look, "accommodating".

    EDIT: Linux "live CDs" and USB sticks have traditionally been used to rescue files from hosed Windows installations. Given today's march toward no DVD drives, and USB 3.0, there is a chance you might not be able to use it in that manner, particularly with Win 10 controlling the boot order.

    Every article that comes out about Windows 10, makes me like it less. IMHO, Win 10 is now, and always will be, a sucker's bet.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017
    EClyde likes this.

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