This is primarily a tool for developers -- especially web developers and those who work on or with open source projects.
This allows those who want/need to use Bash, common Linux tools (, etc.) and many Linux-first tools (Ruby, Python, etc.) to use their toolchain on Windows.
For example, type and hit enter; you’ll see details of the Linux distro currently running: You can also access your local machine’s filesystem from within the Linux Bash shell – you’ll find your local drives mounted under the Additional languages and features may work in the Anniversary Edition but bugs in those areas will be a lower priority than the list above.
Check out our blog where we go into detail about the underlying technology.
The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps. When WSL is enabled (it’s an optional feature), we download a genuine Ubuntu user-mode image, created by Canonical.
Our application, when started, then loads and runs the native Bash shell and Linux command-line tools from the Ubuntu image.