During the company’s Build 2017 conference, Microsoft announced they would bring Ubuntu, Suse, and Fedora to the Windows Store for Windows 10 users to install and run typical Linux-based applications and commands directly from their Windows machine without the need to dual-boot OSes. Starting today, at least one of those operating systems is ready for users to download, and that’s Ubuntu.

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While there’s no word on when the other OSes will be available, it’s worth noting that Windows 10 S users can’t install any of them on their machines. Why? According to Rich Turner, a Senior Product Manager at Microsoft over on MSDN, the reason is quite simple: “There are some apps that are not allowed to run on Windows 10 S, including all command-line apps, shells and Consoles.”

Ridiculous, right?

All in all, as long as you don’t have 10 S, you should be able to install Ubuntu on your machine. Click here to do so. After that, visit your Control Panel and visit the “Turn Windows features on or off” section. From there, select “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and turn it on. Reboot your PC, and you’ll be good to go.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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