https://www.pcworld.com/article/3545909/microsoft-releases-the-windows-10-may-2020-update.html

Above is the headline that it was released but even after checking for updates, I still have build 1909, so maybe it hasn't been completely distributed yet.

However, I read the article below and it sounds very interesting. It sounds like Microsoft is now accepting Linux into Windows. I think this is unexpected. This could mean one may not have to have separate computers for Windows and Linux. It also seems like they work together. I thought this was interesting enough to share.

The article has details about other pieces of the May 2020 Update, too, so go check it out. As for Cortana, I've never really used it.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3526472/windows-10-20h1-review-microsoft-boosts-linux-and-your-phone-but-cortana-slips-hard.html

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/02/2020 at 03:03am

You've been able to run Linux fairly well in Windows doing some somewhat documented steps that are supported by Microsoft in the store for quite some time. Cool they are looking to release the second version of it because the first one was very good but for some reason the last time I installed it it didn't work for some odd permission issues.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/02/2020 at 03:59am

Wow, I had no idea. The only way I could think of was by using a virtual machine or dual booting, but the latter can get messy. It just feels kind of odd and unexpected, but cool. I haven't looked in the Microsoft Store very much. I may try to dive deeper into this. Thanks for the comment! I hoped you and Travis would see this.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/02/2020 at 06:24am

Well that was incredibly easy to find. I believe I've found the exact information you mentioned. My PC said there were no updates, but it was version 1909. Luckily, (w/ a link in the following link), I was able to get the update installed manually with the Update Assistant. This is the first thing I found w/ my search, which was incredibly easy to find with "linux on windows 10": https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/

Now I'm only left with the question of, "why?" I can see it being beneficial on a network that has Linux servers. So in an enterprise/corporate or educational environment. For the home user, it just seems like a surprising, but cool feature.

What do you think about WSL?

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/02/2020 at 01:59pm

The "why" is mostly development. For example, development of Cheerful Ghost and Tale of the White Wyvern would be a nightmare on Windows. With WSL it's a little better. Still not as good as native Mac or Linux but better.

Microsoft has been losing out to Mac and Linux for dev for years and they're trying to catch up.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/02/2020 at 08:02pm

Yeah, I think I read something about development. I don't know much about that, so I don't know why it'd be a nightmare on Windows. I remember at college we used Unix machines for our programming classes. I didn't make it very far into that. I had a community college class that was programming w/ C and I believe that was in Windows.

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