Windows 10: Try Linux 🐧

Just try Linux under Windows? Without extra PC, second partition, dual-boot system and similar effort? Yes, you can: the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) allows you to run Linux terminal applications under Windows 10 (except Windows 10 S).

... Image By Markus Fleschutz 📅 September 21, 2019

Here's how it works:

  1. Turn on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL): To do this, first open PowerShell in administrator mode. There one enters the following command:

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

    After that the computer must be booted.

  2. Open the Microsoft Store, search for "Ubuntu" and install it. Of course you can also install any other Linux distribution (e.g. Debian, Fedora, Kali Linux or SuSE Linux).

  3. Run the freshly installed Ubuntu.

  4. Allocate username and password.

  5. Update Ubuntu: Unfortunately, the versions from the Microsoft Store are not up to date, so you should update the installed Linux version first:

    sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

From now on, the powerful command line of Ubuntu-Linux with all its possibilities is available.

Tip: the hard disk or SSD C: can be found under /mnt/c (D: under /mnt/d and so on).