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Ubuntu Linux coming to Windows 10

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Insiders familiar with the matter reveal that Canonical and Microsoft are working on making Ubuntu Linux run on Windows 10.

As strange as it may seem, Canonical's Ubuntu Linux might soon run on Microsoft Windows 10 the right way. While Linux geeks were always capable to run at least the Bash CLI on Windows via programs such as Cygwin or MSYS utilities, now everything will be official.

According to ZDNet, "With this new addition, Ubuntu users will be able to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows. This will not be in a virtual machine, but as an integrated part of Windows 10." The details are not available yet, but they should surface in the keynote speech at Microsoft Build. While nothing is official yet, Microsoft introduced Linux subsystems in a Windows 10 Redstone build, so it looks like it is only the matter of making it official.

Unfortunately, the same sources who talked to ZDNet and revealed the information above also mentioned that Linux will not be integrated into Windows and Ubuntu will run "on a foundation of native Windows libraries." Canonical and Microsoft have been working on this since last summer and later this week we will probably see the result, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-30 (Update: 2016-03-30)