Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
Web developers are used to making difficult choices on which tools and libraries they can use based on the operating system they’re actively working on. The WSL was designed and built by the Windows Kernel Team and delivered in partnership with Canonical, to help Windows 10 developers use the rich Linux developer ecosystem and tools alongside the great tools they are already using in Windows, without having to boot into another operating system or VM. This is definitely a “by developers, for developers” Windows 10 feature, specifically designed to remove a bit of friction from


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