March 31, 2016

Bash is Coming to Windows 10 This Year

Microsoft announced in its BUILD 2016 event that it will be bringing support for Bash Shell in Windows 10 in its new Anniversary Windows 10 Update.

In case you don’t know, Bash is a Command Line Shell that is included in many major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo said on stage that it will not be a Virtual Machine, instead, it will run natively on the command line of Windows 10 machines. For normal users, this may not seem to be a big deal but for System Administrators and developers, this is a very good news.

After the announcement, Scott Hanselman, an employee of Microsoft, posted about it and explained how it will work on the computers.

Running bash on Windows hits in the sweet spot. It behaves like Linux because it executes real Linux binaries. Just hit the Windows Key and type bash.

Apart from this, developers used mainly two methods to get Linux Shells on their Windows 10 PCs, the first one is to install the Linux on a Virtual Machine and the second way was to use utilities such as Cygwin.

However, none of them provides best possible performance on computers.

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Saurabh Tripathi

Saurabh is Founder of Getting Geek and is an all around computer nerd. Currently Saurabh is at his home messing up with some ugly looking code. Send him your Questions, Suggestions and Pizzas at [email protected]

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