Linux terminal on a Windows 10 system

Believe it or not, it's possible to open a Linux terminal on a Windows 10 system and you might be surprised how much Linux functionality you’ll be able to get by doing so.

You can run Linux commands, traipse around the provided Linux file system and even take a novel look at Windows files. The experience isn’t altogether different than opening a terminal window on a Linux desktop, with a few interesting exceptions.

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What is needed to make this happen is something called the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and a Windows 10 x86 PC.

Linux versions for WSL
There are a number of options for running Linux on top of Windows. The Linux OS choices include:

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
openSUSE Leap 15.1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1
Kali Linux
Debian GNU/Linux
Fedora Remix for WSL
Pengwin Enterprise
Alpine WSL
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is just one option and, in this post, we’ll take a look at how the terminal runs on Windows using this particular distribution and how much it feels like working on a Linux system directly.

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