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You Can Now Download Ubuntu from the Windows Store

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.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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