Command Line and WSL Improvements in Windows 10 Version 1803

Windows 10 version 1803 "Spring Creators Update" has got a number of interesting changes and improvements made to the command line tools and especially to the WSL feature. There are a number of new features like UWP Console applications.

Debian Linux Released for WSL, now available on Microsoft Store

Following the availability of Kali Linux, Debian GNU/Linux today became available through the Microsoft Store as a WSL package. Formerly known as Bash On Ubuntu, WSL allows installing and running multiple Linux distros from Microsoft Store. So, the Debian GNU/Linux distro can be installed in WSL starting today.

Make WSL look like Ubuntu Terminal in Windows 10

There is an ability to run Linux natively in Windows 10. It is provided by the WSL feature. WSL stands for Windows Subsystem for Linux, which initially, was limited to Ubuntu only. Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the WSL feature received many improvements, including the ability to install various Linux distros from the Store. Here is how to make the WSL console look like a native Ubuntu terminal with appropriate colors and fonts.

WSL Has Got Background Task Support

Starting with Windows 10 build 17046, Windows Subsytem for Linux (WSL) has got support for long-running background tasks, similar to how the Windows subsystem has Services. This is a really impressive change for users of WSL who work with servers like Apache or apps like screen or tmux. Now they can run in the background like regular Linux daemons. The ability to run daemons was missing and was highly requested by users.

Set Default User for WSL in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can have different Linux distros installed inside of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Once you enable the feature, you can go to the Store and install any available Linux distro you want from there. If you wish to change the default user for the distro that you have installed, here's how to set it for WSL in Windows 10.

Install Linux Distros from Microsoft Store in Windows 10

If you are using the Bash On Ubuntu feature in Windows 10, here is good news for you. If you upgraded to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can install and run multiple Linux distros. For your convenience, they are available right in the Microsoft Store (formerly known as the Windows Store).

Windows Subsystem for Linux is out of Beta

Yesterday, Microsoft's Rich Turner announced that Bash on Ubuntu in Windows 10 had left the beta stage. The company now considers it a finished feature fully supported in the upcoming Fall Creators Update. The final version of the Linux console is already included in build 16251 and will arrive in the production branch this fall.

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