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Haskell on Bash/WSL

I've recently received a couple of questions asking when Haskell support would be added to WSL, and was surprised since I thought Bash/WSL users were aware of the fact that Haskell has been working for the last few weeks, ever since #14986 in fact, but it appears that we'd not explicitly communicated the fact, so ... here we are! :) ...

Use Visual C++ for Linux to build and debug C++ code on the Windows Subsystem for Linux

I first learned about Visual C++ for Linux, which was released in March 2016, shortly before the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was first announced. I was immediately blown away by how VERY cool this feature of Visual Studio is! What's insanely cool about this feature is that when the project is built, VS opens an SSH channel to a target...

Bash in Windows Insider build 15002 – many fixes but a couple of bugs!

[Update 2017-02-07] Note that both of the two issues noted below have been fixed in more recent Insider builds Windows Insider build #15002 started shipping to Windows Insider Fast Ring users today, January 9th 2017. As is often the case in software development, after many teams have been beavering-away on their features for several ...

Rumors of Cmd’s death have been greatly exaggerated

This post is in response to a story published on December 6th 2016 by ComputerWorld titled "Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt" and its follow-up article "Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all". These "stories" were subsequently picked up by Business Insider and Life Hacker among others and fueled a number of concerned Tweets some of ...

Do not change Linux files using Windows apps and tools

Update - May 2019 Windows 10 version 1903 has now been released and allows an important update to WSL that allows Windows applications and tools to access Linux files directly. To do this, WSL hosts a new 9P fileserver, which exposes distro filesystems to Windows apps and tools via ! You can read all about the feature in the blog post "What...

ifconfig and network connection enumeration support in Windows 10 Insider build 14965

Enable network connection enumeration is currently the most-requested idea in our command-line User Voice. Or at least it was, until Windows 10 Insider build #14965 was released, which support for network connection enumeration: Below is a screenshot of Bash on Windows running ifconfig: (image) This new feature should unblock ...

WSL adds Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial support

Not only does Windows 10 Insider build #14951 introduce Bash Windows interop, it also delivers support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial). While many of our more intrepid early-adopters have manually upgraded their Ubuntu 14.04 instances to Ubuntu 16.04, as of Windows 10 Insider build #14951, if you clean-install a new Linux instance or uninstall and...

Interop between Windows and Bash

Note: Also be sure to read the follow-up to this post that covers a subsequent improvement in that you no longer have to specify the absolute path to Windows executables if they exist on your path! Content below updated to reflect this change! Windows 10 Insider build #14951 has just landed and includes a very exciting new feature that ...