An Overview of Windows Subystem for Linux

It was recently microsoft announced it's plan to provide a 'windows subsystem for linux' with windows operating system. This subsystem offers provision for windows users to run GNU/Linux binaries without any hypervisor, emulator or nothing like.

The Microsoft Corp. has published an article which describes how windows subsystem for linux works. This article also mentions other subsystems used by windows in past and different services used by windows subsystem for linux.

WSL Components (Source : Microsoft DN)

We recently announced Bash on Ubuntu on Windows which enables native Linux ELF64 binaries to run on Windows via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). This subsystem was created by the Microsoft Windows Kernel team and has generated a lot of excitement. One of the most frequent question we get asked is how is this approach different from a traditional virtual machine. In this first of a series of blog posts, we will provide an overview of WSL that will answer that and other common questions. In future posts we will dive deep into the component areas introduced. 
Read complete article in microsoft developer network blog.

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