Microsoft announces Full Linux Kernel for Desktop Users

In its latest plans, Microsoft announced to launch ship a full Linux Kernel directly in Windows 10.

So, the users will be able to use Linux on their desktops.

Launch of Linux for Windows 10 at Microsoft Build Conference

The computing giant revealed that they are planning to launch Linux kernel in Windows 10 for the first time at their upcoming Microsoft Build conference. The launch will be followed with a distribution installed through the Windows Store.

According to Microsoft, the release of Linux for desktop is expected later this year. However, Windows Insider users will be able to access preview builds by the end of June.

Microsoft Linux for Windows 10
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The initial release will be based on the latest stable Linux release version 4.19.  The updates to the kernel will come alongside each stable release going forward.

It is worth noting that the platform will be based on Windows-based kernel. This means that it is not like Windows 10 becoming a Linux distribution. Thus, it will result in a major boost in the performance of the graphical user interface (GUI) of the machines as compared to the current emulator. The users will get benefit from new perks of faster boot times and more efficient memory use.

Jack Hammons, Microsoft program manager, revealed in a blog post that they intend to begin with Windows Insiders builds this Summer. They will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to stimulate the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

He further added that the kernel will be rebased at the designation of new long-term stable releases. This will ensure that the WSL kernel always gets the latest Linux goodness.

They have further announced a new edition of its Windows Terminal command line app. This will be an upgradation to one of its longest-running and most familiar-looking tools. The users will see new tabs and tear-away windows with the updated service. Moreover, new themes and extensions will also be available for the first time.


This new release by Microsoft is the culmination of years of effort from the Linux Systems Group along with multiple other teams at the organization. The users will be having access to new and interesting ways of interacting with WSL. With updated services, Microsoft looks to provide a central location to the users to access the likes of Cmd and PowerShell as well as WSL.


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