Microsoft to launch full Linux kernel on Windows 10 soon

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Recently Microsoft joins the $1 trillion company club after Apple and Amazon. Today Microsoft is having its annual developer Build conference at its Redmond Campus in Washington DC. During this two days conference, Microsoft will be announcing new updates to its products. Microsoft surprises its fans by announcing to ship a full Linux kernel to Windows 10.

According to the Microsoft Program Manager, Jack Hammons, Microsoft will start to include the Linux kernel on Windows 10 starting this year summer. Microsoft will include it under the Windows Insiders builds where early beta testers can test the Linux kernel. They also announce the kernel will be based on the latest stable version which is 4.19.

Microsoft is taking a huge step forward by integrating the Linux kernel into Windows 10. Apart from that, Microsoft also announces developers can receive updates of the kernel from the Windows Update itself. Additionally, it will be fully open source, where developers can create their own kernel and contribute the changes to the Linux kernel community. Windows 10 users can expect this update to be available later this year.

In conclusion, sooner developers can really start their contribution on the Linux kernel without Linux OS. Other than that, Microsoft also announces its new Windows Terminal app today. It is a new command line tool for Windows which is designed to be the central location for access to environments utilities such as PowerShell and CMD. You can find additional information on this announcement on its official Microsoft blog.

Raaj Lokanathan
Raaj Lokanathan
A software engineer as a profession. A tech blogger as a passion.

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