07 May 2019
In a move that has left the most surprised, Microsoft has announced that it will ship a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10 starting this summer. Though this is not Microsoft’s attempt to cozy up with Linux. The software giant has come a long way from including Base Shell to Windows to including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora in the Windows Store. Now the company plans to ship entire Linux kernel with Windows 10.
This is a big shift for Microsoft to include Linux kernel in Windows and will be available later this year under a codename 19H2. This will indeed be helpful for developers as it will improve the performance of Microsoft’s Linux subsystem in Windows.
The company is not only promising to bring the Linux kernel but is also promising of regular updates to bring latest Linux features while keeping it totally open source for developers to create their own WSL kernel and contribute changes. Microsoft says this will ensure a better Linux boot time and streamlined file management
Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer, we will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The kernel itself will initially be based on version 4.19, the latest long-term stable release of Linux. The kernel will be rebased at the designation of new long-term stable releases to ensure that the WSL kernel always has the latest Linux goodness.” explains Microsoft program manager Jack Hammons.
In related news, Microsoft also announced its new command line for Windows, Windows Terminal. It is designed to bring all environments like PowerShell, Cmd, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) at one central location.