At the last year //Build conference, the first tech preview of Bash on Ubuntu for Windows was unveiled, that introduced the ability to use Linux binaries from within Windows 10 using the Bash shell. Now, this year, Microsoft has simplified the installation of Ubuntu by bringing it to Windows Store.
In addition, Microsoft with SUSE and Fedora is working to made these Linux distros to run on the Windows Subsystem for Linux and will also make them available to the Windows Store.
With this announcement, the new Fall Creators Update, become the only platform that can run both Windows and Linux apps side-by-side. This means, users will be easily able to install Ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora as apps on their device, and can run Windows and Linux applications side-by-side without dual-booting.
Of these three Linux OSs, Ubuntu is already available on the Store, while SUSE and Fedora said to be made available sometime in the future.
The move is the latest byproduct of Microsoft’s pledge toward greater acceptance of the open-source community, with Microsoft signing onto the Linux Foundation last year.
A preview version of the AzCopy on Linux announced Friday comes with a redesigned command-line interface that adopts POSIX parameter conventions.
“AzCopy is a command-line utility designed for copying large amounts of data to, and from Azure Blob, and File storage using simple commands with optimal performance.”
The updated AzCopy is now built with .NET Core which supports both Windows and Linux platforms, and it also takes a dependency on the Data Movement Library which is built with .NET Core enabling many of the capabilities of the Data Movement Library in AzCopy!