WSL-Distribution-Switcher Swaps Out Ubuntu For Other Distros On Windows

Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 20 November 2016 at 08:19 AM EST. 18 Comments
With the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that allows for "Bash on Windows" via the Windows 10 Anniversary update, Ubuntu is the default choice while a new WSL-Distribution-Switcher open-source project makes it easy to now load the distribution of your choice under Windows.

My tests of Ubuntu WSL on Windows 10 have been interesting and WSL has worked out pretty well for running Linux command-line apps under Windows. The WSL-Distribution-Switcher basically comes down to an independent set of (Python 3) scripts for changing out Ubuntu for other Linux distributions available via Docker Hub.

The WSL-Distribution-Switcher works with any Docker Linux images and can work with the likes of Debian, Fedora, CentOS, openSUSE, Mageia, Oracle Linux, Alpine Linux, Clear Linux, and others.

Stop by the GitHub project page if you want to learn more about the WSL-Distribution-Switcher.
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