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    • This topic has 6 replies, 4 voices, and was last updated 2 weeks ago by anonymous.
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    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 WSL!..

    We’ve already added in some new features that can be found in this preview such as:

    WSLg is now bundled as part of the WSL app!
    New wsl.exe –mount features!
    Add –mount –vhd to make mounting VHD files easier.
    Implement filesystem detection for wsl –mount. This change implements filesystem type detection if no –type is specified when using wsl.exe –mount.
    Add –name feature to wsl –mount. This change adds support for optionally naming a mountpoint when mounting a disk through WSL.
    Updated Linux kernel to 5.10.60.1
    Added progress indicator helper function used to show a Please Wait message with animated dots on the conversion process to show users that WSL is still running.
    Switched wsl –install to not require the –distribution argument. This change switches wsl –install to not require the –distribution argument but maintains support to avoid breaking existing scripts.
    Added wsl.exe –version command which displays relevant version information..

    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by Alex5723.
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    • #2395684

      IMO making WSL available through the Store is just another way to force usage of the Store.

    • #2395733

      ? says:

      yeah, but. at the bottom of Alex’s link, “What else is new for WSL in Windows 11?”

      Run Linux GUI applications with WSLg

      Mount Linux filesystem formatted hard disks into WSL

      Linux binaries can now leverage your Windows GPU for Al and machine learning development scenarios and more.

      baby Borg is on the move…

    • #2395754

      While this may be another way to make use of the store, it also decouples WSL updates from OS updates. IMO, that is a big plus.

      --Joe

    • #2395764

      Gotta love it…

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

      How to install and use WSL in the Microsoft Store
      First make sure you have these pre-requisites:

      Are using a Windows 11 build or higher (Windows build number 22000 or higher)

      And yet in Windows Store on Windows 10 “Windows Subsystem for Linux Preview” -> System Requirements says (note Windows 10 not 11):

      WSL System Requirements

      Update your device to install this product

      Minimum: Windows 10 build version 22000.0 or higher
      Recommended: Windows 10 build version 22000.0 or higher
      You have: Windows 10 build version 19043.1237 or higher

      Clicking update takes me to “We’re sorry, we can’t find that page.

      I wonder why a version of WSL that claims not to require a virtual machine needs to have something that Windows 11 has that is not available in Windows 10:

      WSL More information

      HP Compaq 6000 Pro SFF PC / Windows 10 Pro / 21H1
      Intel®Core™2 “Wolfdale” E8400 3.0 GHz / 8.00 GB
    • #2395810

      Just for win11 market share

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