Yes, You read it correctly!
Ubuntu and OpenSUSE are now available on the Windows Store !!!
Microsoft with the help of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), has now made this happen.
The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run Linux environments — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a virtual machine.
Read more at Wikipedia – WSL
So, the Developers will be able to download any of the above mentioned Linux Distro from the Windows Store as an app that runs on Windows 10. That will enable them to run Linux and Windows applications side-by-side on their PCs without dual-booting.
Steps To install Ubuntu or any other Linux Distro on your Device:
Step 1 – Turn on Developer Mode (via Settings > Update & security > For developers)
Step 2 – Turn on Windows Subsystem for Linux (Search for Windows Features from the Start Menu and enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta))
Step 3 – Restart your system.
Step 4 – Now you can download and install the Linux Distro from the Windows app store.
The important thing is, there’s no GUI desktop environment with this version. It is aimed at developers who want access to the core system files and tools but without the overhead of virtualization or setting up a proper dual-boot.
Ubuntu was Microsoft’s first choice for WSL. However, you should be able to run almost any Linux Distro’s on top of WSL very soon.
The Windows Store description for Ubuntu:
Ubuntu on Windows allows one to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more.
To use this feature, one first needs to use “Turn Windows features on or off” and select “Windows Subsystem for Linux”, click OK, reboot, and use this app.
The above step can also be performed using Administrator PowerShell prompt: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
After above is done simply use “ubuntu” command in cmd.exe or launch Ubuntu from the start menu.
Can’t wait to try it out?? Here is the Windows Store Links: