“The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows” said Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo at the Build 2016 keynote.
The partnering of Canonical and Microsoft have made way for Ubuntu users to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows, not as a virtual machine, but as an integrated part of Windows 10. Speculation leads us to believe that Ubuntu will run on top of Windows 10’s Linux subsystems in a new Windows 10 Redstone build. Rather than integrate Linux into Windows, Ubuntu will run on the foundation of native Windows libraries.
With this new addition, Ubuntu users will be able to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows.”This is not a VM. This is not cross-compiled tools. This is native,” Gallo said. “We’ve partnered with Canonical to offer this great experience, which you’ll be able to download right from the Windows Store.”
Although Ubuntu has not taken the container approach, Canonical and Microsoft have joined forces to bring containers to Windows. Using LXD, an open-source hypervisor designed for use with containers rather than virtual machines. You can look for the finished product in Azure, but most likely not Windows 10. In addition to this, the focus will not be on the Ubuntu Unity Interface but instead with CLI tools such as Bash and make, gawk, and grep.
The collaboration of companies stems from the shared user demographic. Both Ubuntu and Windows 10 main audience of users are developers. It is suspected that as the two companies continue to work together, more tools will appear that benefit the needs of programmers. For instance, as ZD.net anticipates, Ubuntu and Azure cloud effortlessly working together.
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