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Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

Microsoft Build 2016 is on this week, and there were a lot of interesting developments yesterday, but the one that interested me the most is Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Dustin from Ubuntu has a more details, and Scott Hanselman has posted a technical video about this. This is very interesting, and I CANT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT! But, I do have some questions, which I thought I would put down in blog format:

  • Based on the post by Dustin, it seems that low level Linux calls are being handled and translated to Windows system calls. Which makes me think, could any Linux Distro work? Could Arch Linux, RedHat or Centos work in the same way?
  • Will this Work on Windows Server 2016 when it launches?
  • Given that it calling down to a low level, could GUI applications work too?
  • Shut up and take my money! I WANT IT NOW!

So, there are my questions… This is very cool, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this. Just wondering if this will be available to Windows Insiders sooner, rather than later?



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