Console Power Linux Comes to Windows 10 Thanks to The Support of Bash (And Apt-Get!)

One of the big surprises of Build 2016 – already advancing it Quiviger partners – has been the arrival of a particularly striking feature: a Linux console integrated Windows 10 support. It’s a bash console, one of the most popular Unix shells and allow to use different commands and syntax to combine the best of both platforms.

In the brief demonstration that showed us Microsoft could see how it was possible to explore the Windows directory tree from the console – but with the syntax of routes of Linux-, access to remote servers via ssh or even launch editors such as emacs to work on the code of Windows universal applications directly in this legendary tool.

Microsoft explained that you for this proposal It has teamed up with Canonical, the developer of Ubuntu. The idea is more than interesting to convince Linux developer he bet also by this platform, something that binds to ads that have been taking place these months, as buying Xamarin.

This feature will come as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update This summer, Although Windows Insider users can enjoy it before the final landing.

Not only bash, also apt-get!

Scott Hanselman, a well-known developer, explained on his blog that to install the feature We will unload us “Ubuntu in Windows” to install the necessary components – do not expect to have Unity, but it can be that with a little work it could be – to start using the Linux console.

That bash does not run under a virtual machine, but it is “a genuine image of Ubuntu over Windows with all Linux tools such as awk, sed, grep, vi, etc.”. In fact, noted, even we get support to use packages via the legendary APT suite, which will make it possible use the name command apt-get Debian distributions and derived – as the own Ubuntu – install other components “as Ruby, Redis, emacs, etc.”.

As he explained, Hanselman, this feature is clearly aimed at overcoming those barriers that some developers could have at the time of use Linux tools for your workflow. This, coupled with the growing Linux on Azure support, probably make more developers in this area can effectively be feel attracted by this platform of development posed by Microsoft.