Microsoft Open-Sources WSL Sample To Let More Linux Distributions Run On Windows

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 26 March 2018 at 02:49 PM EDT. 36 Comments
The process is now more clear how Linux distributions can be adapted to run on Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with the company now having open-sourced a "WSL Sample" to build WSL distribution packages for the Microsoft Store and for allowing custom Linux distribution packages to be sideloaded onto systems.

The WSL-DistroLauncher is what is now open-source and is a C++ code-base offering a launcher that can be customized for particular distributions for the steps to get to a log-in shell, running commands, and setting configuration values.

The newly-opened code is available on GitHub via Microsoft/WSL-DistroLauncher. The code is under an MIT license.

Microsoft's Tara Raj has written a post further explaining the WSL Sample.

Coincidentally I am in the process of running some fresh WSL Linux benchmarks following Debian recently being added to the Microsoft Store. Those results should be out in the next day or two.
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