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Windows Subsytem for Linux is now available for everyone

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Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which is now available in its full form in the Microsoft Store.

Previously available in Preview form, WSL allows developers using their favourite laptop for programming to run a GNU/Linux environment without the overheads of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup, according to Microsoft.

"Our goal is to move as many people as we can to use the Store version of WSL, as it gives the best experience with the latest features," Windows Developer Platform Program Manager Craig Loewen wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the news.

WSL for Windows 10

Loewen added that the new version of WSL, which features "hundreds" of bug fixes and improvements, will also be available on Windows 11 as well as Windows 10, meaning it will be available to around 87% of ...

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