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Windows Subsystem For Linux

So.. Windows Subsystem....for....Linux? Bash? On Windows? Why yes, let's check it out.

What is this strange cross-platform, dual-booting witchcraft? Well, the first thing I can assure you is that it's not dual-booting. The second thing I'm 90% sure of is that it's not witchcraft.

Windows Subsystem for Linux is essentially as it sounds, it's a "sub" (child) kernal running right on your Windows 10 desktop. Even better? You can find the Linux kernals right in the Windows store. First, let's install Ubuntu and Kali.

1) Open up the Windows Store and search "Windows Subsystem For Linux". You will see a pop-up to run Linux. When you click that, you will see all of the current distros.

2) Click whichever distros you want to install. In my case, I'm going to install Ubuntu and Kali.

3) Click "get" and once it's installed, you can launch. You can also click in your search bar and find your distros

4) First thing you will see when you open is a message stating "The Windows Subsystem for Linux optional component is not enabled. Please enable it and try again. We will now enable with PowerShell.

5) We are going to use a short line. Please copy and paste this into a PowerShell host and run that host as admin.

6) Once you open your Subsystem, you will see the the kernal installing.

7) You will be prompted to put in your username and a new password.

8) Once you type in your new credentials, you will see your command prompt. Please note, you do not change hostnames. It takes the hostname of your primary host. Remember, "subsystem".

Once you're in, it's time to explore! You will see that you can do the same thing you can do in Linux. For example, I can CD to var and see my directories.

As you can see, I can even CD into my C: drive. If you go to your root (/) and the "mnt" directory, you will see your other drive letters on your Windows machine.

And that's it! Now it's time for you to go play and see for yourself.


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