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.

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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Desktop Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why

There are some reasons behind all of this, why Linux –despite of being great- is not and will never be used widely.

Linux is the best alternative to Windows. No doubt. Linux is free, easy to use and more secure. Once you have made yourself a bit familiar, it will feel like home. Still, it is used by Just 1.7% PCs in world.

Ever since it was made, Linux contributors tried very hard to convince the world to use it, most people either just didn’t give it a try or are just were not able to try it. I first tried Linux in form of Ubuntu 11.10 in 2011. I downloaded it, installed it and I used it for almost 6 months as my primary OS, ultimately I had to crawl back to Windows. I think many people  experience the same. If someone does not discard Linux right away, he will say that “Linux is a great OS” and still keep using Windows (or Mac OS).

There are some reasons behind all of this, why Linux –despite of being great- is not and will never be used widely.

Problem #1: Myths

Surprisingly the biggest problem is not the lack of software. People –at most cases- don’t know about Linux, they get confused between Linux Kernel and A Linux distribution. They think that installing it would be like flying an aircraft. Most computer users think that Linux is just a Windows alternative in which they have to use a command prompt all the time. (All of this these are  just myths, by the way)

People just don’t get Open Source Software. Some people even think that Linux looks old and works the way Windows 3.0 era OS used to work.

Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why
Linux no longer looks like this

No big Brand is supporting Linux

Yeah, I know Microsoft has made handful of Apps for Open Source Android OS, Microsoft open sourced its .NET framework and even Microsoft made a Code Editor available for Linux.

Google owns Android and it is already an Open Source Project. The search engine giant also uses Chrome OS in their Chromebooks, both Operating systems run on a Linux Kernel. Does that make these brands an Open Source supporter?


Talking about Microsoft, they did not make the Visual Studio IDE open source and all the android apps they make are closed source. Talking about the other one, Google never made Chrome OS Open source, most of Google made android apps are closed source too. Heck, you are not allowed to install any Linux software in Chrome OS or Android. Even when they are using Linux kernel.

Software giants don’t really like Linux

Despite of Linux being capable of running powerful apps and software, most of the big software makers are not interested in porting their software for Linux. None of adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are available. Microsoft Office, which is available for Windows, Mac OS and even Android, is not available for Linux.

It is not just limited to Microsoft or Adobe, all other big companies follow the route, Corel (known for CorelDRAW) Autodesk (the makers of AutoCAD) and a lot more companies show no interest in porting their code to Linux.

There may be one reason behind this, these software makers don’t believe that Linux users will buy their products. This may be true at some extent, as most of Linux Users are PoweUsers and they like Free and open source software, there are some chances that they won’t buy the software and instead they will keep using the free alternatives.

But this also limits the production of proprietary software for Linux and ultimately results in a small software ecosystem.

Too much confusion

Where do I begin with this, most people just don’t understand what Linux is and how can they pick one for themselves. There are too many options for them to choose from.

Other operating systems don’t have to face this problem. If you want Windows, there is just one option to buy – Windows 10. If you want to go for Apple’s Mac, you will find the latest version installed on Computer.

Hope this was in case of Linux. Explaining difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint is sometimes annoying to a complete noob. We have too many flavors to choose from in Linux, and it ultimately results in too much confusion.

Perhaps we need a good organization that can go mainstream, but it will never happen. People will keep liking their Distribution and the strength of Linux (i.e. the choice) will continue to become a  weakness.

Perhaps it will always be an underdog

I don’t see Linux turning into a mainstream OS anytime soon. Still, I will keep using it, I will recommend others to use Linux, and at least this is a good way to support Linux. If you have never tried Linux and you want to give it a shot, I will recommend you Ubuntu, it is a really easy to use Linux distribution.

Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why
Ubuntu is really good to start from

What do you think about Linux? Do you use it or just ignore it? Do share with us in comments below.