Microsoft Loves Linux - Part 2: Getting Linux and Docker onto your Windows Machine

Submitted by Tim Finch on Mon, 26/3/2018 - 12:56

Linux as an App

To help support all the Linux Activities you can do in Windows, there are now several versions of Linux that you can download and run as apps on your Microsoft machines. You just go to the usual Microsoft App Store, download a Linux distro, and run it as an app from your desktop, eg:


Linux on Microsoft App Store


After installation, it becomes just another app, eg:


Ubuntu as an App


After you launch your Linux distro, you can go ahead and install loads of standard Linux programs. Or you can simply use it to look after your Microsoft file system, eg:


Linux Command line in Windows


Currently, you can download Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, SLES, Kali or Debian GNU, with more distros planned for the future.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

In order to get Docker and Linux working on your Microsoft machine, you’ll need to activate a new Microsoft product called “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL)


Install WSL


Docker for Windows

Download and install Docker for Windows, and you can have a little blue whale on your desktop, eg:


Docker App


Typically, you’ll configure Docker to start automatically on log in. Once started, the Docker whale will appear in your Taskbar Notification Area. Open it up, and you can configure Docker, eg:


Docker Settings


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