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How to back up and restore a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro

Taking regular backups of your computer is a smart thing to do. Whether you use Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS, you can never be too careful. The same applies to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which runs on top of but is somewhat independent of Windows. WSL instances are easy to set up, but...

Windows Server 2022 now supports WSL2 Linux distributions

Microsoft has announced that it's now possible to run Linux distributions based on WSL2 in Windows Server 2022. The change was rolled out with the latest cumulative, which brought the OS to build number 20348.740, though the change wasn't mentioned in the official changelog. Microsoft's Craig Loewen confirmed that support for WSL2 was added in...

Windows Subsystem for Linux gets a new icon and updated Linux kernel in its latest update

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) compatibility layer needs no introduction when it comes to running Linux apps under Windows as natively as possible. Although Microsoft still ships WSL as an optional feature for Windows 10 and Windows 11, the company has gradually started decoupling it from the core OS. The first step towards the...

You can now connect USB devices in Windows Subsystem for Linux under Windows 11

Microsoft introduced Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) a while back, which brought support for running Linux apps straight from your Windows installation. Being such a complex compatibility layer, WSL had some limitations. The initial implementation didn’t even use a full-fledged Linux kernel, so several applications faced compatibility issues. Version 2 made a lot of improvements,...

Windows Subsystem for Linux is now on the Microsoft Store for Windows 11

Microsoft has released a preview version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on the Microsoft Store for Windows 11 devices. The company is testing a new way to deliver updates for WSL, which separates them from core Windows updates. So far, WSL has been an optional feature for Windows 10 and 11, which you...

You can now run Linux apps with GUIs on Windows 10 via WSL

Windows may be the most popular desktop OS, but that doesn't mean it can do everything. If you want to do something like run a JetBrains Projector server, for instance, you're going to need a Unix-based system, like Linux. Microsoft introduced Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) a while back, which brought support for running Linux...

WSL Hello sudo brings Windows Hello authentication to Windows Subsystem for Linux

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is an important part of Windows 10. Originally meant for developers building web and cloud applications, WSL nowadays turned into something a lot more powerful that brings two very different operating systems together. Since WSL 2, the Linux layer is powered by a variant of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology,...

Microsoft Ignite 2020: Edge on Linux, Windows Terminal Preview 1.4, WSL2 updates, and more

At its annual Ignite developer conference, Microsoft has announced a host of developer-centric changes coming to Windows 10. As per recent blog posts shared by the company, these changes aim to simplify app development on the platform and offer developers better tools to stay focused and productive. Here are some of the most noteworthy announcements...

WSL 2 in Windows 10 now supports mounting Linux filesystems like EXT4

After announcing Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) during Microsoft Build last year, Microsoft rolled out the feature to users with the Windows 10 May 2020 update (v. 2004) earlier this year. The update introduced a full Linux kernel to the stable Windows 10 branch, and the company also made WSL 2 updateable through...

WSL 2 support comes to Windows 10 v1903 and v1909

Microsoft first announced Windows Subsystem for Linux 2/WSL 2 during Microsoft Build last year and it was rolled out to the stable version earlier this year with the Windows 10 May 2020 update (version 2004). The update introduced a full Linux kernel to the stable Windows 10 branch and the company also made WSL 2...

[Update 2: Re-Rolling Out] Windows 10 May 2020 update brings WSL 2, revamped Cortana assistant, and “Your Phone” calls to ARM devices

As per StatCounter, Windows commands a market share of 76.5%, meaning that every three out of four computers in the world run on Windows. While Windows did admittedly lose its dominant status as the OS across platforms to Android, it still presented itself as the go-to desktop option for many, many users. The latest version...

How to build LineageOS on Windows 10 using WSL 2

The second generation of Windows Subsystem for Linux, commonly referred to as WSL 2, was announced during Microsoft’s Build 2019 developer conference. Compared to the legacy WSL implementation, WSL 2 performs substantially better on filesystem-heavy operations due to the major architectural rewrite. Windows 10's latest stable channel build, i.e. Windows 10 May 2020 update, makes...
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