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Always knew something was up with Canonical based on Mark Shuttleworth's close relationship with George Soros...

Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store
 By Joey Sneddon under News 18 hours ago

Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store — no, really!

Microsoft announced that it was bringing several popular Linux distributions were coming to the Windows Store, Ubuntu included, back in May, during its annual Build conference.

And today is that day as the Ubuntu Windows Store app listing is now live in the US, the UK and presumably most other places on the globe.

Windows users running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build — and regular Windows 10 users from the Autumn — can, in a couple of clicks, download and install Ubuntu as an “app”.

“Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more,” reads the store description.

Fedora and OpenSUSE are also headed to the shelves of the Windows Store, as Microsoft has said that the WSL is designed to be distro-agnostic and allow multiple distros to run at the same time.
Remember What This Isn’t As Much as What It Is

Before anyone gets to excited by the novelty of this news take a moment to remember what this is: a developer tool.

While users can now boot up Windows 10 and “install” Ubuntu 16.04 LTS from the Windows Store they aren’t installing a desktop Linux distro. There’s no GUI desktop environment, no display server, and no pre-loaded suite of of X11 apps eady to roll.

Nope, instead what’s on offer here is a command-line environment with all the niceties Ubuntu has to offer. As such this “app” is aimed at developers who want access to the core Ubuntu system and tools but without the hassle of running a proper dual-boot.

Sound like something you want? Head over to the Windows Store page listing below (in any browser) to learn more.

Ubuntu on the Windows Store


Microsoft and Canonical partner to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10

According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, and Microsoft, you'll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10.

This will be more than just running the Bash shell on Windows 10. After all, thanks to programs such as Cygwin or MSYS utilities, hardcore Unix users have long been able to run the popular Bash command line interface (CLI) on Windows.

With this new addition, Ubuntu users will be able to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows. This will not be in a virtual machine, but as an integrated part of Windows 10.

The details won't be revealed until tomorrow's morning keynote speech at Microsoft Build. It is believed that Ubuntu will run on top of Windows 10's recently and quietly introduced Linux subsystems in a new Windows 10 Redstone build.

Microsoft and Canonical will not, however, sources say, be integrating Linux per se into Windows. Instead, Ubuntu will primarily run on a foundation of native Windows libraries. This would indicate that while Microsoft is still hard at work on bringing containers to Windows 10 in project Barcelona, this isn't the path Ubuntu has taken to Windows.

That said, Canonical and Microsoft have been working on bringing containers to Windows since last summer. They've been doing this using LXD. This is an open-source hypervisor designed specifically for use with containers instead of virtual machines (VMs). The fruits of that project are more likely to show up in Azure than Windows 10.

It also seems unlikely that Ubuntu will be bringing its Unity interface with it. Instead the focus will be on Bash and other CLI tools, such as make, gawk and grep.

Could you run a Linux desktop such as Unity, GNOME, or KDE on it? Probably, but that's not the purpose of this partnership.

Canonical and Microsoft are doing this because Ubuntu on Windows' target audience is developers, not desktop users. In particular, as Microsoft and Canonical continue to work more closely together on cloud projects, I expect to find tools that will make it easy for programmers to use Ubuntu to write programs for Ubuntu on the Azure cloud.

So is this MS-Linux? No. Is it a major step forward in the integration of Windows and Linux on the developer desktop? Yes, yes it is.