Windows subsystem for Linux

Well, haven’t we come a long way? It seems like Microsoft has always kept its eye on Linux – providing limited interoperability through it’s Hyper-V virtual machine system. But Microsoft has taken a few leaps forward with Linux in the past year or two. First, they introduced the Windows subsystem for Linux for the latest version of Windows 10 (Anniversary Update). Next, they built their own version of Linux to roll out on embedded devices with Azure Sphere.

Need a C compiler? sudo apt install gcc

Need a handy command line text editor? vi foo.txt

Need to write a bash script? Already installed with the subsystem.

I’m excited to explore more in my hardware class as we look at low level C and Assembly code as it makes it so much easier to install any of the plethora of Linux development tools right onto a Windows machine.