Windows Subsystem for Linux

The Windows Subsystem for Linux, available as a feature on Windows 10, supports out-of-the-box Ubuntu. This is the simplest option if you have Windows 10 installed. It also requires the installation of XMing. Microsoft also announced in May 2019 that WSLv2 will incorporate the Linux kernel directly within Windows, so as to delivery significant performance gains.

To get started:

  • Enable WSL
  • Obtain the Ubuntu Package from the Windows Repository
  • Install Ubuntu
  • Start Ubuntu within Powershell