Microsoft makes Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows 11 a separate app in the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft is making to be had as of late, October 11, a preview model of the Home windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for Home windows 11 within the Microsoft Retailer. This is not a brand new model of WSL; Microsoft is simply making the prevailing WSL 2 to be had within the Retailer as an possibility at this level. Microsoft’s objective in doing that is to get customers the newest WSL updates and contours sooner, in line with the weblog submit saying the brand new preview.

Up till now, WSL has been put in as an not obligatory part within Home windows. As famous in Microsoft’s submit, the binaries that make up WSL’s good judgment in that not obligatory part are a part of the Home windows symbol, and thus are serviced and up to date when the OS itself is. Via decoupling WSL from the Home windows symbol and making it a separate app to be had from the Retailer, customers can get updates to the app independently of the OS.

Microsoft has made plenty of the brand new options for WSL that had been a part of Home windows 11 to be had within the separate WSL preview. WSLg (GUI app improve for WSL) is in there. New wsl.exe — mount options are incorporated. The supported Microsoft Linux kernel is five.10.60.1; a growth indicator helper serve as with a Please Wait message is there, and wsl.exe — model command has been added.

To put in and use WSL from the Retailer, customers want to be working Home windows 11 construct 22000 or upper. The Digital System Platform not obligatory part additionally should be enabled. If those stipulations are met, customers can move to the WSL Retailer web page and click on set up to put in WSL, after which set up a supported Linux distro in their selection.

Customers who’ve the in-Home windows model of WSL put in can nonetheless set up the preview of WSL from the Retailer, as the 2 can run concurrently. (The Retailer model will at all times take priority, even though). And customers will be capable of use WSL 1 distros with the Retailer preview so long as the WSL not obligatory part is enabled. And customers will have the ability to uninstall WSL from the shop and return to the in-Home windows model.

“Our objectives are to make WSL within the Microsoft Retailer one of the best ways to put in and use WSL, as you are able to get the newest updates quickest thru that direction, and in the longer term we would like to transport WSL customers to make use of the shop model,” blogged Craig Loewen, Program Supervisor with the Home windows Developer Platform.  

Closing 12 months, Microsoft introduced it was once disposing of the Linux kernel from the Home windows OS symbol with WSL2 and would, as an alternative, ship it to customers’ machines the use of Home windows replace.

WSL allows builders run a GNU/Linux setting — together with maximum command-line gear, utilities, and programs — immediately on Home windows, unmodified, and not using a digital device or dual-boot setup.

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