Category: Linux Information, Open Source and Ubuntu

How to get the Linux Bash in Windows 10, in 3 steps

It’s been a while now since Microsoft declared its love for Linux and, at first, it felt strange to see Windows 10 embrace the Tux penguin. However, the fact that Windows 10 is able to run native Linux applications directly, without having to resort to using virtual machines, is a proof of Microsoft’s new strategy of embracing other ecosystems. Microsoft teamed up with Canonical and now you can install the Ubuntu software subsystem in Windows 10. That allows you to run Bash directly from Windows 10. Strange times we’re living in, right? They are also interesting times, so let’s see how to enable the Linux Bash in Windows 10:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of July 2016.

Conclusion

Enabling the Linux Bash on Windows 10 is not very hard and it implies changing just a few settings. However, working with Bash might be something that’s not quite for everybody. If you are a developer, if you love running commands in a text environment, or if you have some experience in working with Linux, then you’ll probably be very excited with the love Windows 10 how shows to Linux users.

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Ubuntu’s bash and Linux command line coming to Windows 10

Microsoft built a Linux subsystem for Windows for Project Astoria, its system for running Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile.

But in February the company confirmed that Astoria was dead, as it rather undermined the Universal Windows Platform concept. At the time, we speculated that portions of Astoria might live on, as portions of it had mysteriously started showing up in Windows Insider Previews. And today, that has come to pass, with Microsoft saying that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include the ability to run the popular bash shell from Unix, along with the rest of a typical Unix command-line environment.

We’re still trying to get the inside story on what Microsoft has done here, but what we’ve known for several months now is that the company has developed some Windows kernel components (lxcore.sys, lxss.sys, presumably standing for “Linux core” and “Linux subsystem,” respectively) that support the major Linux kernel APIs. These components are not GPLed and do not appear to contain Linux code themselves; instead, they implement the Linux kernel API using the native Windows NT API that the Windows kernel provides. Microsoft is calling this the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL).

A kernel API is one thing, but to be useful you need user mode applications. For Astoria, this would have been a version of the Android Open Source Project, Google’s mostly BSD-licensed code that provides a Java-like runtime and various applications and system services. For WSL, however, Microsoft is turning to Canonical, creators of Ubuntu, for help. Canonical has provided a system image containing the Ubuntu versions of the various command-line tools that are typically found in a Linux distribution.

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TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG events

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Oct 27, 2015  (4th Tuesday this month only) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August. We just received notice that the Community Center is being remodeled September 2015 so the next meeting is Oct 27, 2015. Raspberry Pi 2 and new Mint XFCE included in agenda.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is Sep 8, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see http://olymug.org . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome. Visit the TAPCUG/OMUG booth at the Puyallup Fair Sep 17, 2015.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl,
gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeam, Raspberry Pi 2, BerryBoot, Noobs,   Google hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys, mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Linux Mint 17.2 XFCE, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

Windows 10 or Ubuntu: Which will be the one OS to rule them all?

As the proprietary and open-source systems battle for mobile and PC users, what are the prospects for these two champions of converged computing?

As sales of tablets and phones continue to outstrip demand for PCs, the technology industry is preparing for a shift in how people use computers.

The expectation is that phones and tablets will begin to be used as desktop PCs, a change that will force a fundamental redesign of software.

Instead of operating systems and applications having a single interface, apps will alter their look and controls to reflect how they are being used. For example, a UI that favours large, easily-tappable buttons on a touchscreen tablet might switch to tightly-packed icons when the tablet is used with a monitor and a mouse.

The idea was dubbed convergence by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, when it launched the idea for a phone that would double as a PC in 2013.

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Want Windows 10 Features? Buy A Mac Today!

Windows 10 looks exciting. It reintroduces real desktop search, includes multiple desktops and adds a start menu with live tile “widgets”.

Unfortunately it’s not scheduled for release until the middle of 2015 at the earliest, but Microsoft fans need not worry. You can have all these features and more right now if you swallow your pride and buy a Mac instead.

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Pro tip: How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox

Do you want to take a closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but you don’t want to disrupt your current computing environment with what is essentially an incomplete and potentially unstable operating system? If, so you’re in luck, because you can do so quite easily and without any fear by installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview in an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machine. In this article, I’ll show you how.

Get the Technical Preview

To get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is available as an ISO file, all you need is a Microsoft Account and an internet connection. To get started, go to the Windows Technical Preview site and read through the information. When you’re ready, click the Get Started button, sign in with your Microsoft Account to join the Windows Insider Program, and then follow the steps to go to the download page (Figure A). Next, download the appropriate ISO file to your hard disk.

 

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The big advantage of the Chromebook over Windows, Macs

Talk mobile and you’ll stir up a hornet’s nest. There are many options and those who are enthusiastic about each of them, and they will let you know that their solution is “best.” That’s probably true for them, but we each have our own needs and preferences so there is no one best solution for everyone.

I get the “mine is better than yours” attitude all the time, especially when I discuss the Chromebook. There are a lot of folks who believe that the lightweight Chrome OS is not as good as OS X or Windows. They need, or perhaps merely want, a full OS that can handle everything. Others want to have a big, honking OS around just in case they need it.

I understand that, I use both Windows and Macs, too. But every time I head out for the day with my Chromebook in tow I am impressed with how well it works for me.

I work, you might even say I live, in the Chrome browser all day. It doesn’t matter what OS is running behind the web pages, it’s Chrome front and center.

This is why the Chromebook works so well for me. The lack of a “real” OS as the engine behind the Chrome browser is actually a good thing for me. My Chromebook runs Chrome faster, smoother, and without hiccups, better than my fast Macs and Windows PCs. I can still do lots of “PC” activities in Chrome; with web apps it’s much more than a browser. But the pure browser experience is excellent on a Chromebook.

 

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The future of computing has a name: Chromebook

Jack Wallen tackles the enigma of enigmas, otherwise known as the Chromebook. Do you think the Chromebook is the future of computing?

Over the last few months, I’ve been searching for the ultimate ultrabook. My current laptop has lived a solid, productive life (Sony Vaio running Ubuntu 13.10), but its teeth are long and brittle, and it has the gout. So, I’ve been on the quest for something smaller, more powerful, and easy to use.

 

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Upcoming computer groups activities, Linux News

Oct 9, 2014 7 PM OMUG

General Meeting: Computer Transportation Planning by Intercity Transit.

Oct 11, 2014 9:30 AM TAPCUG General Meeting:

Introduction to Linux by Joel Carlson and John Wickliffe.

Oct 14, 2014 7 PM OMUG Linux SIG is cancelled this month.

Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM TAPCUG Linux SIG (third Tuesday)
The Linux operating system (android, chromebooks, supercomputers, Linux Mint, etc.) has many more exciting new developments to keep up with at the Linux meetings.

I downloaded the Windows 10 preview which looks like Windows 8 at https://kickass.to/microsoft-windows-10-technical-preview-for-enterprise-english-t9652781.html and ran it on a test computer.

We can discuss this.

Thanks, Joel Carlson

OMUG General Meeting: September 11, 7 pm

Joel Carlson with be at the TAPCUG/OMUG booth at the Puyallup Fair on Thursday, demoing Linux Mint 17 KDE, details at http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2653 .

Joel has kindly agreed to come to the OMUG meeting on Thursday evening,  11 Sep at 7 PM and give the same presentation to OMUG.

So save yourself a trip to Puyallup and attend OMUG meeting to learn all about this alternative computer operating system.

OMUG General MEETING

Thursday 11 Sep at 7 PM

Olympia Community Center

OMUG 2017