Microsoft Will Deliver a Full, Open Source Linux Kernel on Windows 10

Future versions of Windows 10 will have a real Linux Kernel along with significantly better WSL performance. The tech giant has surprised many Linux developers in the past few years. The series of surprises include launching stuff like the Bash shell for Windows, native OpenSSH in Windows 10. It even counts availability of Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora in Windows Store. Now Microsoft is moving more ahead aiming to deliver a full Linux Kernel directly in Windows 10.  Jack Hammons, Microsoft’s program manager, notes starting with Windows Insiders builds this Summer. The company will include a personally customised Linux kernel to support the latest version of the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).

Besides, it is the first time that the Linux kernel will be a part of Windows. Hammons said it is an exciting day for all people working on the Linux team at Microsoft. In the new version, the kernel will initially rely on version 4.19 which is the latest long-term stable release of Linux. The inclusion of a Linux kernel in Windows 10 will bestow the technology built for Microsoft Azure to the Windows Desktop. It will address the top customer requests along with improved performance and compatibility.

Thus Microsoft is taking WSL to the next level, WSL2, and start shipping with a real Linux kernel. As per Microsoft, WSL2 is the latest version of the architecture. It powers the Windows subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows itself. The new framework introduces new communication channels between Linux binaries, Windows and computer’s hardware. Still, it will offer the same user experience as that of WSL1. The latest move takes the company’s pace to develop a whole new level which actually consists of a full version of the Linux kernel. Now a Windows 10 machine will function as that of the Linux system because it is a Linux machine. WSL will arrive through the Windows Insider beta-testing program before the end of June 2019.

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Jordan Hayes

Jordan is the correspondent author at He contributed commentaries to various online podcasts for almost 10 years. He has the responsibility of covering technology and business related news especially in the field of AI, smartphones, operating systems, latest and trending gadgets. Bryan's passion for food and things culinary has served him well. he has also spent time with award-winning food critic Alan Richman, the memory which he cherishes for is life.

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