Craig Loewen

Program Manager II, Windows Developer Platform

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Systemd support is now available in WSL!

Systemd support is now available in WSL! The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) can now run systemd inside of your WSL distros, empowering you to do more with your Linux workflows on your Windows machine. This post will cover: For a summary, check out the video below: What is systemd? What can you do with it? From systemd.io : ...

WSL 2 distros are now supported on Windows Server

WSL 2 distros are now supported on Windows Server You can now use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 type distros on Windows Server 2022! We’re excited to make this change so that now you can have the same modern WSL experience whether you use a Windows with Server or Desktop SKU. How to start using it We first talked about this change...

A preview of WSL in the Microsoft Store is now available!

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) preview is now available in the Microsoft Store as a store application for Windows 11 machines! Installing WSL through the store will allow you to get the latest WSL updates and features faster, and without needing to modify your Windows version. Read on to see how that’s possible and what this means for...

Install WSL with a single command now available in Windows 10 version 2004 and higher

In the latest Windows Insider Preview builds, you can install everything you need to run WSL just by running wsl.exe --install. We’re excited to announce that this functionality is now officially backported to Windows 10 version 2004 and higher, which will make installing WSL on those builds much easier! Using wsl --install The process ...

The Initial Preview of GUI app support is now available for the Windows Subsystem for Linux

A year ago at BUILD 2020 we introduced our goal to bring Linux GUI applications to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to run Linux GUI applications. We are proud to announce the first preview of this highly anticipated and open source feature! We’ve given this feature the nickname: “WSLg”. Please check out the video below or keep ...

Servicing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 Linux kernel

Note: This blog post is co-authored by the awesome WSL dev Pierre Boulay. Thanks Pierre! 😊 We’ve just shipped the 5.10.16.3 WSL 2 Linux kernel version to Windows Insiders which brings exciting new changes: Support for the LUKS disk encryption, and some long-awaited bug fixes. We’d like to seize this opportunity to highlight these ...

Distro installation added to WSL –install in Windows 10 insiders preview build 20246

We've added automatic distro installation to wsl --install in Windows 10 insiders preview build 20246! This means that installing WSL is now easier than ever, as now when you run wsl --install all the necessary components that you need for WSL will be automatically enabled, including your specific Linux distro of choice. How to use this new ...

What’s new in the Windows Subsystem for Linux – September 2020

This blog post highlights the WSL updates being made over the past few months, in addition to some sneak previews of our upcoming features and future plans. WSL 2 support is now available in Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 We've heard feedback on how many users have enjoyed using WSL 2 and have made WSL 2 available to more Windows ...

GPU Compute, WSL Install and WSL Update arrive in the latest Insider build for the Windows Subsystem for Linux

There are three thrilling new updates for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in the new Windows Insider Preview Build 20150. The first is GPU compute: a feature that allows your Linux binaries to leverage your GPU, which makes it possible to do more machine learning/AI development and data science workflows directly in WSL. Secondly, we’...

The Windows Subsystem for Linux BUILD 2020 Summary

This year at an all virtual BUILD conference we had many exciting announcements for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)! This blog post gives you a summary of all the WSL news, including what’s available now and what you can expect in the future. WSL’s BUILD news at a glance Please read on below for the details for each item...

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