Windows Store to offer the largest Linux distros

Posted on Friday, May 12 2017 @ 13:22 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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It's really interesting to watch how much Microsoft's opinion of Linux has shifted over the years. A long time ago, former Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer referred to Linux as "a cancer" and went as far as to state that he considered Linux users a bunch of "communist thieves". These days Microsoft has really warmed up to Linux and now the software giant is even distributing Linux via its Windows Store!

The news was announced at Microsoft's Build 2017 conference in Seattle. Enthusiasts and developers will be able to install Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora directly via the Windows Store, making it easier than ever to run Linux software on any Windows 10 device.

The Linux distros will run in a virtualized environment, and will offer the same command-line utilities as offered by full installations. The news also means the new education-focused Windows 10S, which can exclusively run Windows Store apps, will be able to execute Linux code.

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