Microsoft Promotes Windows Subsystem For Linux "WSL" To GA Status

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 22 November 2022 at 06:13 PM EST. 84 Comments
While the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has been around for six years now and with WSL2 is on to running graphical Linux apps with GPU acceleration and a wide array of capabilities, including the ability to run systemd and the like, only today has Microsoft promoted WSL to "general availability" status on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Microsoft recently finally declared Windows Subsystem for Linux as "v1.0" and today they are reflecting that by dropping the long-used "preview" label within the Microsoft Store. WSL within the Microsoft Store is now deemed general availability (GA) with the latest software updates on Windows 10/11.

The latest WSL updates have fixed "100s of bugs" as well as the opt-in systemd support, various command improvements, and a variety of other improvements.

For more details on Windows Subsystem for Linux finally reaching GA status can be found via the Microsoft Dev Blog. Looks like I'll add it to my TODO list for firing up some new benchmarks of WSL on Windows 11.
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